Henry F. ‘Hank’ Hartwell
Jan. 27, 1922 – Jan. 9, 2012
PLYMOUTH — Henry F. “Hank” Hartwell, 89, a Plymouth resident most of his life, passed away at 4:46 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 in Florida Heartland Hospital, Sebring, Fla.
Hank was born Jan. 27, 1922 in North Vernon. He was raised in the Bright-Side Orphanage in Plymouth, and considered Leo and Stella Manuwal his mom and dad. He was a graduate of Plymouth High School.
He was a veteran of WWII, enlisting in the U.S. Navy Sept. 12, 1942 and was discharged Dec. 11, 1945.
Hank and Nancy Joy Edington were married Oct. 15, 1954, in South Bend, in spite of losing Nancy’s wedding dress and the start of their new home to the great Plymouth flood. Nancy preceded Hank in death Nov. 5, 2007.
He was a manager at American Optical in Plymouth for 28 years, retiring in 1982. He had also worked at shoe stores in Walkerton and Plymouth.
A “very handy man”, Hank was very good at wallpapering, and woodworking. He also was an avid gardener, raising flowers and working in “Hank”s Patch”, a 2-acre strawberry patch. A dog lover, he was especially fond of his pet dog Mayi, an Australian shepherd-mix.
Hank was a member of Goshen Gift Haus, the Plymouth Lions Club and had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for more than 50 years.
Hank is survived by a daughter: Jane L. (Jim) Williams of Plymouth and granddaughters, Amanda Boener and Abby Williams; a son: Joe A. (Diane) Hartwell of Nappanee and grandson, Tyler; a sister-in-law: Mary Jane Manuwal of Plymouth and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy, two brothers: Raymond Hartwell and John Manuwal and a sister-in-law, Della Jane Hartwell.
The family will receive friends at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, 1100 N. Michigan St., Plymouth Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services, officiated by the Rev. Kerry O’Brien, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in the funeral home.
Burial will follow in the New Oakhill Cemetery, Plymouth, where military honors will be accorded Hank by members of the Plymouth American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1162 and the DAV.
Memorial contributions in Hank’s memory may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 425 S. Michigan St., Plymouth, IN 46563.
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