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Charles Richard Hartwig

Birth Date: June 25, 1947
Death Date: May 17, 2018

Decatur – Charles Richard Hartwig, 70, of Decatur, passed away Thursday, May 17, 2018 in his home.
Richard was born June 25, 1947, in Moweaqua, the son of Arthur W. and Theola (Myres) Hartwig. He worked as a police officer for the Decatur Park District for many years retiring in 2000 and then worked court security for Macon County Sheriff’s Department. Richard married Paula R. Walters May 13, 1972 in Blue Mound, IL.
Surviving is his wife, Paula of Decatur; sons: Christopher (Jennifer) Hartwig of Decatur and Paul Hartwig of Argenta; daughter-in-law, Tina Hartwig of Decatur; grandchildren: Hunter, Jacob and Charlie.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial visitation will be Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm, in the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home. There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to American Lung Association
The family of Charles Richard Hartwig is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Memorial Visitation
May 22, 2018
5:00 pm
- 7:00 pm
Graceland / Fairlawn Funeral Home
2091 N. Oakland Avenue Decatur, IL 62526
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  1. I'll always remember Richard taking a screwdriver and poking holes in the muffler of Art's new 1964 Buick Wildcat so it would sound better when you tromped on the gas. Art was not happy about all this of course. We went to grade school together, but although Richard did not go to high school with us we always considered him a part of the class.

    Jerry D. Heller, BMHS Class of 1965

  2. RIP Mr. Hartwig, You did a good job with the parks. I know you had as much fun chasing us after dark thru the woods behind Kawanis park , as we did running and hiding. You are remembered. Thanks ! Pat Hazelrigg

  3. Dear Paula,
    My Mother and I wanted to send our deep and sincere condolences. Loss is never easy. I pray that your family and friends will surround you with comfort and love. I know that all of us at The Reserve are feeling a loss and a sadness for you. May Richard truly rest in peace. We are here if you need anything. All of our love to you.
    June & Angela

  4. Family – Sorry to read of Richard's death; just hope he is now at Peace. I went to school at Blue Mound when he did and also worked with him at the Court House in later years. He was a good guy, but never wanted to 'cross him'. God Bless All. Sue (Bliler) Hale, Decatur, Illinois

  5. I remember doing your wedding back in 1972 in the Hartwig home. I just want you to know I am thinking of you today.
    Rev. Robert Clark

  6. Chief Hartwig was a highly respected officer with the Decatur Park District and he will be missed by all that knew him. My condolences to his family, whom he loved very much!

    Thomas Schneider

  7. Dick and I spent many hours together in a squad car. He was more of a brother than a partner and one great partner. When we were on the job I never doubted that Dick had my back. I will sorely miss him and am saddened by his passing.

    God bless,

    Bob Allison

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