John R. Hartwell of Council Bluffs and longtime farmer, passed away February 2, 2016. John was born on the family farm southeast of McClelland, IA on August 16, 1924 to John C. and Irene M (Hannifan) Hartwell. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1942. He served his country in the US Army from 1943-1946. He was an Infantry Platoon Tech/Sgt. and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, receiving two Bronze Stars. On June 19th, 1946 John married Barbara Brugenhemke and farmed the next 60 years and together they raised 7 children. John is preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene, sisters, Joan Lenihan and Honor Tighe. Survivors include wife Barbara J., Council Bluffs; children and spouses, Kathleen (Joe) Hromadka, McClelland, John F. (Jean C.), Omaha, David P. (Jean M.), McClelland, Steven (Jayne), Afton, WY, Mark (Jane), McClelland, Charles (Linda), Greenwood, NE, and Lisa (Greg) Montgomery, Council Bluffs; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Rosary recitation Friday, 6 pm followed by VISITATION until 8 pm at Funeral Home. FUNERAL MASS Saturday, 10 am at St. Peters Church followed immediately by a luncheon in Father Chuck Kottas Hall. Interment 1 pm at Hardin Township Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post 2. Cortege for cemetery will leave St. Peters at 12:30 pm. Memorials are suggested to St. Peters Church and our local D.A.V.
Bayliss Park Chapel 545 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA