Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 23, 2010

KITTS HILL — Kenneth Lawrence Hartwig, 91, of Kitts Hill, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at a local health care center.
The Lawrence County native was born Dec. 30, 1918, the son of the late George and Lona Pratt Hartwig. He is survived by his wife, Helen Dement Hartwig, whom he married Jan. 8, 1949.
Mr. Hartwig was a 1937 graduate of Kitts Hill High School. He was World War II Army veteran serving in the 196th Field Artillery Battalion. He served during the battles in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe and received the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal With 5 Bronze Stars. He was a former employee of the Dayton Malleable Iron Co., retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Bald Knob United Brethern Church, the American Legion Post 433 and a former 4-H Club leader.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Genevieve Tate; and a brother, John Hartwig.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Fred Winters of Ironton; a daughter and son-in-law, Suzie and Joel Baker of Asheville, N.C.; a son, Kent Hartwig and fiancee, Tammy Sickle of Boco Raton, Fla.; four grandchildren, Chris Winters, Kevin Winters, Robin Baker Gilchrest and Heidi Hartwig; and four great grandchildren, Chandler Winters, Hank Gilchrest, Lainey Gilchrest and Zachary Lawrence Gilchrest.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Phillips Funeral Home with the Rev. James Kearns officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery with military graveside rites provided by American Legion Post 433. Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To offer condolences to the family, please visit

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