In Remembrance

Jon Dell Hartwick

January 21, 1952 - April 16, 2018

A gathering of friends and family will be held April 28th from 5-9pm at AAD Temple Shrine 5152 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Choice, unlimited, 1829 E Superior St, Duluth 55812, the day program provider for his special needs Daughter Meghan.

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Jon Dell Hartwick, 66, of Duluth, passed away unexpectedly April 16, 2018 due to a fall.

He was born in Duluth on January 21, 1952 to Dell and Kathryn (Olson) Hartwick.

He was raised in Lakeside and went to Lakeside Elementary School, Ordean Junior High School, and graduated from Duluth East High School in 1970. Coming from a long line of masons, he completed his masonry apprenticeship and worked as a bricklayer for Stretar Masonry and then Iron Range mines, replacing furnace bricks. He then joined his father’s masonry company before he started his own company, Jon Hartwick Construction. He was known as a creative, artistic stone mason and bricklayer. His work is visible around the area. Growing up, he spent summers at the family cabin on Lake Denham, his happy place. He then bought his own property there because he loved it so.

Jon married his junior high school sweetheart, Bunny Boman. They raised 2 children, Meghan and Brandon in Rice Lake Township, and Lake Denham. He was a good Dad, teaching Brandon how to hunt and fish, and caring for Meghan who is mentally disabled. He loved his daughter-in-law Ginger and considered her a second daughter. Then the best thing in his life happened, Brandon and Ginger had 2 daughters, Harlow and Piper. He was a grandpa!!! He loved those girls more than life itself. His face lit up each time he saw them. He taught them to garden, golf, make stepping stones and other projects. The best 8 years of his life.

He was a former member of the Masons, Scottish Rite, Shriners, and Elks.

Jon was a lucky man. He was able to do the things he loved: golfing, fishing, scuba diving, deer hunting and spending time at his beloved Lake Denham. He was a world traveler, having visited all 7 continents. One of his favorite destinations was Mongolia.

He was a giving man. He spent several months in Sri Lanka helping rebuild schools, homes, and hospitals after the devastating tsunami in 2004. He also helped rebuild Cozumel after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

He is preceded in death by his Mother, Kaye Hartwick.

He is survived by his father Dell (Margaret Erickson) Hartwick; wife Adele (Bunny) Hartwick; daughter Meghan Hartwick; son Brandon (Ginger) Hartwick and their daughters Harlow Jayne and Piper Rose Hartwick. He is also survived by his brother David (Jeanne) Hartwick, sister Mary (Steve) McDonald; sister-in-law Mary (Mike) Schiltz, brother’s in-law Joel (Vicki) Boman, Kevan Boman, Brian (Lori Townshend) Boman; niece Merisa Malmquist; nephews Daniel (Shannon High), Timothy (Mary), and Patrick (Shayla Tampoc) McDonald, John, Scott, and Sterling (Suzanne) Hartwick and Michael (Casandra) Malmquist; cousins Dennis (Lucy) Nelson, and Lori (Mike) Westlund. He is also survived by a legion of friends who were very dear to him. A special thank you to Carl Stephenson for his care and help through this tragedy.

Jon will be cremated and ashes scattered at his cabin, where he was always happiest. A gathering of friends and family will be held April 28th from 5-9pm at AAD Temple Shrine 5152 Miller Trunk Highway, Hermantown, catered by Valentini’s.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Choice, unlimited, 1829 E Superior St, Duluth 55812, the day program provider for his special needs Daughter Meghan.