Herman Rudolf Hartwig
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Herman Rudolf Hartwig
  • August 13, 1931 - October 25, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Hermann Rudolf Hartwig was born in Sioux Falls, SD on August 13, 1931 and passed away in Dallas, TX on October 25, 2017 after several years of dealing with complications of metastatic prostate cancer.

Rudy was preceded in death by his mother, Hermine Beckhoff Hartwig, his father Alfred Hartwig, and his brother, Herbert Hartwig. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hughes Hartwig, and his children and their spouses Michael J. Hartwig (Steven Ridini), David John Hartwig (Barbara), Kenneth Hughes Hartwig and Andrew Phillip Hartwig (Emily). Also surviving are grandsons William Hartwig (Hailey) and Russell Gibson (Tracy) and their children Miles and Grant.

Rudy grew up in Milwaukee, WI and moved with his family to Dallas in 1949. He studied psychology at SMU from 1949 to 1953 and was President of the Independent Students Association. He graduated from SMU in 1953. It was there that he met Patricia Hughes. They married in 1952. They eventually settled in the Lochwood area of Dallas and raised their family there.

Rudy became a teacher in DISD, teaching middle school math and science and, after getting his Master’s Degree in Education from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce), served as audio-visual coordinator for schools. He taught in Cary Junior High School and Mount Auburn Elementary School

Rudy and Pat were members of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church for 50 years and active as coordinators of religious education, parish council members, and served on the welcoming committee and in continuing education for adults. Rudy was a Eucharistic minister and then, when they moved to St. Joseph’s Parish in Richardson, he continued that ministry.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s they were active in the White Rock YMCA where their children were involved in various sports. Rudy was an active participant of his neighborhood homeowners’ association, mainly driving the neighborhood patrol and greeting new homeowners. He knew all the dogs’ names but sometimes not their owners’ names.

Rudy and his mother were involved in several stroke survivor’s groups in the east Dallas area when he was taking care of her after her stroke.

Rudy was a self-reliant and resourceful person, learning carpentry and other building skills. He converted a garage at their first home to a large bedroom and added four bedrooms and a bath to their current home. Rudy loved to garden and walk.

Rudy was known for his loving, gentle and welcoming spirit. He was a loving companion to his wife and a supportive and affirming father to his sons and grandsons. He loved to help his kids learn new things – whether gardening, caring for pets, helping with house maintenance projects, or water skiing – when he bought the family a boat one Christmas. We will miss him!

If people wish to make donations in lieu of flowers they should do so to their favorite charity or make a contribution to C. C. Young, particularly their hospice program, where Rudy received such good care at the end of his life. Visit www.ccyoung.org to make a contribution.