Maurice E. Hartlieb, 77, of Highland died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Faith Countryside Homes/Faith Care Center in Highland.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, with the Rev. Christopher W. Hill, senior pastor, officiating, and Chaplain Mike Garrison of Heartland Hospice co-officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland. He was born on Sept. 6, 1936, in Highland to Orville Henry and Louise Catherine (Kapp) Hartlieb. On November 26, 1959, he married Irma M. Woltering, who survives in Highland. They enjoyed more than 54 years of marriage together. Mr. Hartlieb was reared on a farm in the Jamestown area. He graduated from Breese High School and entered the U.S. Navy after high school and served aboard the USS Bradford 545 in the Pacific.
He worked 12 years for Highland Machine and farmed with his father. Later, he and his wife ran small farms at Grantfork, Carlyle and Highland. The last farm he and his wife owned and operated for 40 years was on Trestle Road. In 1972, he began working for the Illinois Department of Transportation, from the Bond County facility (Greenville shed). He retired from IDOT after 23 years.
Mr. Hartlieb restored International tractors. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and his pride and joy yellow Labrador retriever, Daisey. He liked to play pinochle and euchre.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland; the Teamsters while he worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation; and the Farm Heritage Museum in Greenville. Other survivors include sons, James W. J.W. (Donna) Hartlieb of Highland, Russell J. (Laura) Hartlieb of Friendswood, Texas, and David E. (Leslie) Hartlieb of Indianapolis, Ind.; a daughter, Debra L. (Kevin) OConnor of Groveland, Ill.; grandchildren, Stephanie M. (fiance, Alex Brito) Hartlieb of Midland, Texas, Jennifer L. (significant other, John Bischoff) Hartlieb, St. Louis, Mo., Samantha N. OConnor of Groveland, Ill., Nathan W. OConnor, Groveland, Ill., Kasey S. (Beth) Hartlieb of El Paso, Texas, Tyler R. Hartlieb of Friendswood, Texas, Mary G. Hartlieb of Beaumont, Texas, Lauren A. Hartlieb of Indianapolis, Ind.; a great-grandchild, Virginia A. Hartlieb of El Paso, Texas; and a brother, Kenneth E. (Norma) Hartlieb of Pocahontas,. He was preceded in death by his father, who died on March 15, 1991; his mother, who died on May 23, 1987; sisters, Agnes Louise Knebel, who died on May 10, 2011, and Marie E. Reker, who died on Aug. 26, 2007; and brothers-in-law, Harold L. Reker, who died on March 28, 2013, and Raymond E. Knebel, who died on May 21, 2006. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or the Highland Area Christian Service Ministry (HACSM) food pantry.