Frank Alvin Hartwig was born on Sept. 27, 1941 in Storm Lake, Iowa, the forth son to Frank Carl Hartwig and Jessie Edith Wright Hartwig.


Growing up his family lived in numerous towns throughout Northwest Iowa. He attended school in Sac City, IA, which he assisted with the family farm in his free time. Farming has always been a big part of his life. While in high school, his parents bought a nursing home, and moved to Perry, Iowa.


Frank met his wife Judy, after high school, and they married in 1964. Frank was enlisted in the Iowa National Guard, which he completed six years of faithful service to his country. He went on to graduate from Grandview College in Des Moines, Iowa, and later transferred to the University of Iowa. After the service and college, Frank started his career with Monsanto, managing a plant in Northwest Iowa, the area where he was born and raised. He later went to work for Land O Lakes, in the Chemical Dept., and the family moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he traveled much of the Midwest doing what he loved, assisting farmers. In 1984, Frank took a new opportunity with Land O Lakes, and moved his family to the wild west of Mesa, Ariz. A few years later, in 1987 A.L. Gilbert, offered him a position, in Turlock, Cal., as their Manufacturing Representative for the Animal Feed department, and they headed for northern California. He was their first salesman hired by A.L. Gilbert, six months before the plant officially opened in June 1988. Frank and Judy recently celebrated 53 years of marriage.


On March 31, 2009, Frank officially retired, as his health slowly deteriorated. In 2013 he became a resident at Park Merced Assisted Living. For the last two years he has been under the loving care of Hinds Hospice. Sadly, on August 2, 2017, he peacefully passed away.


Frank is survived by his wife, Judy, and is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and sister in laws, Harlan and Jean Hartwig, and Loran and Janice Hartwig. He leaves behind Joelle & Tim Pagnozzi of Mesa, Arizona, Jamie Hartwig of Livermore, Cal., his grandson, Zachary Hartwig, along with his brother Dr. Nolan and Nancy Hartwig, and in-laws, Jerry and Eileen Brelsford.


Frank was always very proud of his family and his immediate extended family. He had so much positive energy to offer the world, his love of people and was never known to be speechless among his family, friends, or even strangers. His big heart and vibrant personality will be missed by all those who had the pleasure to know him.


A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, at Turlock Memorial Funeral Home, 425 North Soderquist Road, Turlock. Reception to follow.