Louis Hartwick

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville for Louis Joseph Hartwick.

Mr. Hartwick, 87, of Winter Haven, Florida, formerly of Jerseyville, died July 27.

He was born October 27, 1932, the son of the late Joseph Melvin Hartwick and Irene (Kelly) Hartwick. He married Wanda Lee Varble in 1955.

He grew up in the Providence neighborhood, just outside Carrollton. He served in the U.S. army from 1953 to 1954 in Korea as a tank driver.

Beginning in January, 1956, he attended Bailey Technical School and after graduation he began working at the Ford garage and the International dealership in Carrollton. He began working at Sunderland Motor Company in Jerseyville in 1964 and retired in 1998, serving 34 years.

One of the greatest joys of his life was using his skills as a mechanic and volunteering at his church, Calvary Baptist Church in Alton at their Cornerstone Ministry. He would work as a mechanic several days a week repairing cars for widows, single mothers and vehicles of people in need. He went on several mission trips and served his church as a deacon, usher and greeter. He used his mechanic skills and was the go to person to maintain and repair church buses and vans.

Surviving is his wife; a son; a daughter; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a brother.

Graveside services will be at  4 p.m. at Providence Cemetery in Carrollton with full military honors by the Jerseyville American Legion Post #492.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church in Alton or Oneida Baptist Institute, in care of the funeral home.