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“To the family of Dave, May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead Enjoyed being around Dave...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Merle Kuhns

“Kevin, Gregg, Randy, and Kory, I am very sorry to hear of D.E.'s passing and my heartfelt condolences to you and the entire Hartwig family. I...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Kyle Tucker - DeWitt, IA

“Dave and Wyonna were my parents closest friends. I can't think of a finer couple. Dave was a true gentleman. So sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 21 | Posted by: Mary Stewart Dolan - Newton, NJ

“My sincere condolences to your family on the loss of your husband,father,grandfather, and all other Hartwig family members. I've had so much in...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Mark huisenga - Iowa city

“When we lose someone it is so hard. The memories are so fresh. Remember to laugh at funny moments, look at pictures and talk about your dad. He...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Sarah Kunka - Westmont, IL

“I HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING DAVE THROUGH HARTWIG MOTORS. HE WOULD COME INTO THE SHOWROOM WEARING A HAT AND THAT "FAMOUS" SMILE. WHAT A KIND MAN. ...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: MARNA PARKER - IOWA CITY, IA

“our warmest hugs and sympathy surround each of you today, and always. Kenny and Linda Fobian and family. ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: linda fobian - iowa city, IA

“Gregg, Angie and family, so sorry to hear of your dads passing! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. ”
8 of 21 | Posted by: Chris and Tim Meade and family - IA

“Dick and I send our deepest sympathies to your family. Dave and sons were so supportive of the Iowa City community and Dick always appreciated their...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Nancee and Dick Blum - Coralville, IA

“David and his family hired me as a mechanic in 1982 and during the more than 20 years of working for them I always felt like a member of the family. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Mark Brichacek - nORTH lIBERTY, IA

“You have our deepest sympathy. From everybody at Wayne Hall Chrysler. Wayne Hall Sr Wayne Hall Jr Mark & Jill Brewer Ben Brewer ”
11 of 21 | Posted by: Wayne Hall Chrysler Jeep Dodge - IA

“To the Hartwig Familly, I will always be grateful for the education, patience and friendship that Dave and the entire Hartwig family provided to...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Mark and Linda Johnston - GA

“Dear Wyonna & family, I want you all to know how deeply sorry iam to hear about dave's passing . He was such a wonderful man and had the biggest...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Matt Gavin - Iowa City, IA

“I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Dave Hartwig on his passing. He was a good man and will be missed by many. May he rest in...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Tom Toner

“Wyonna, Kevin, Randy, Gregg, Marc. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. I have never forgotten the guidance and opportunities David...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Bill & Judi Fredrick - Washington, IA

“Dave was a good man. He raised a great family. built a great business and contributed much to a great community. I'm sorry for your personal loss. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: J. Patrick White - Iowa City, IA

“please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. ”
17 of 21 | Posted by: Shirley Burger - iowa city, IA

“To Wyonna and the entire Harwig Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. Iowa City lost a great citizen, business...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Shari and Ralph Radcliff - AZ

“I wish to send my sincere sympathy to the Hartwig family. I especially want Kevin and Anita to know that I am thinking of them during this loss. ...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Kathryn S. Downey - Iowa City, IA

“This time of year especially, I expect to step outside my back door and see Dave leaning on his rake after making many small piles of colorful leaves...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: kathy patience - iowa city, IA

“To the Hartwig family, so sorry for your loss. Dave was a great man and enjoyed my conversations with him. He was a class act. God Bless ”
21 of 21 | Posted by: Rick Berry


David E. Hartwig, 92 longtime resident and businessman of Iowa City died Friday, October 4, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Iowa City (Sunday parking ordinance will be in effect). Burial will be at the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 to 6pm at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service. Memorial donations can be made in Dave's memory to Mercy Hospital Foundation, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center via University of Iowa Foundation or to where donor wishes. Online condolences for his family may be sent through the web @ www.gayandciha.com.

David Evans Hartwig was born March 25, 1921, in Clutier, Iowa the son of Henry and Agnes (Kokesh) Hartwig. His father went into the automobile business in 1912, when before you could sell a person the car, you had to teach them how to drive! Dave knew from early on that this was the life for him. He spent his youth working around the garage and playing basketball, he loved playing basketball. Following graduation from Clutier High School in 1938 he continued to work with his father until enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps in September 1942. He served during WWII and was honorably discharged in October 1945. Returning to Clutier he became partners with his brother Marvin in running the family automobile business known as Hartwig Auto Company. During this time he was united in marriage to Wyonna M. Collins on June 1, 1948, from nearby Elberon. Dave's growing family soon encouraged him to take advantage of other opportunities in the automobile business which took him and his family to Vinton, IA and Omaha, NE where he was a district manager for Chrysler Corporation. Realizing the corporate life was not well suited for a family man he became sales manager at a Chrysler dealership in Findlay, OH. Never losing sight of his dream of owning and running a dealership in a growing and prosperous community, in the spring of 1961, he and his brother, Marv had the opportunity to purchase Eden Motors, a Dodge dealership in Iowa City from Clayton Eden. Hartwig Motors, Inc. was officially opened on June 1, 1961. In 1979 Dave and his sons become sole owners of the dealership and for nearly fifty years, Hartwig Motors, Inc. has been an Iowa City landmark, their family selling and servicing thousands of cars while taking care of the customer one at a time.

Dave has always been one to give back to the community, his active involvement locally included First United Methodist Church, Chamber of Commerce (served as president), Kiwanis, United Way, University of Iowa Foundation, Mercy Foundation, Oaknoll Retirement Residence, Hillcrest Family Services and the former Hawkeye State Bank. Dave also served the automobile industry by election to seats with the Chrysler Dealer Council, National Automobile Dealers Association and the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association.

His family includes his wife, Wyonna; four sons and their wives, Kevin and Anita Hartwig, Randall and Jan Hartwig, Gregg and Angie Hartwig all of Iowa City and Marc and Sharon Hartwig of Cave Creek, AZ; 6 grandchildren, Kory Hartwig, Kerri Hartwig, Nicholas Hartwig, Alison Hartwig, Hannah Gerard, and Adam Gerard; and Dave's sister-in-law, Sally Mathis Hartwig of Iowa City.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Evelyn Hartwig Stejskal and her husband, Jerry; Dave's brother, Marvin Hartwig and his wife Verna Mae; and an infant brother, Leo Hartwig.