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Richard (Dick) Hartwell

January 14, 1926 — November 22, 2021

Richard (Dick) Hartwell, 95, Structural Engineer passed away on November 22, 2021 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 14, 1926 in Wichita, Kansas to Godfrey and Margaret Hartwell. After graduating from North High School, he served two years in the Air Corps during the last years of WWII. He attended Kansas State University where he met his K-State sweetheart, Nancy Hunt Hartwell. While at K-State he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity and later became an Alumni President.

Mr. Hartwell was a Structural Engineer in the Wichita area for over 75 years. A few of his projects included the Wichita City Library, The Garvey Center Building, Koch Arena, WSU’s Cessna Stadium, four Wichita high schools, Coleman Middle School and several local churches.

Dick was a member of the Downtown Rotary serving as the President from 1982-83 and he was the Rotary District Governor from 1992-93. Dick was also an involved member of the Salvation Army serving on several committees. Other community involvement included the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout Leader, President of the East Branch YMCA, President of the Metro Club, The Wichita Licensing and Board of Appeals, and Board Member of the United Way.

Dick was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to fish, hunt, garden, and golf. He made many trips to Canada and Alaska fishing for salmon and halibut. He spent every summer of his young life in Colorado with this family where he fished, hiked, and thrived. He continued this tradition with his own children and formed many lasting memories with trips to Colorado.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, his dear wife of 62 years, Nancy, and his sisters, Joyce and Rita. Those who survive him to treasure his memory are his children David Hartwell (Kirsten), Jane Ridder (Mark), and Sallie Berg (Jerry). His grandchildren include Allyson Kocher (J.D.), Becca Moore and Madison, Blake and Garrett Hartwell. His great grandchildren are George, Tommy, and Gracia Kocher.

A visitation with family will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm, Monday, November 29, at Cozine Life Events Center, 11500 E. 21st St. N. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, November 30, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with The Salvation Army and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Share condolences at Services by Cozine Memorial Group @ Cozine Life Events Center.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation with Family

Monday, November 29, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Cozine Life Events Center

11500 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67206

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Mass of Christian Burial

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

1321 N Stratford St, Wichita, KS 67206

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