Newell was born July 17, 1926, in Orient, Iowa, the son of the late Irvin and Marie Neville Hartrum, and married Nancy Bickel in 1966. She survives.
He graduated from Franklin High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1944, attended the University of Iowa, and was an Iowa Hawkeye fan. He moved to Sidney in 1957 and worked at the F.W. Uhlman Company in merchandise presentation, then moved to Wooster in 1969, working as a graphic artist at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center and retiring in 1988. He was a freelance artist, doing many pen and ink drawings of houses and buildings in the area, as well as OSU stadiums. He served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps and Reserves from 1944-55.
Newell was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Wooster, and enjoyed reading, golfing, and meeting his buddies every morning at McDonald’s for coffee.
Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Timothy (Judy) Bickel of Sidney, Kerry (Debbi) Hartrum of Shelby, N.C., Julie (Larry) Gigax of Wooster, and Meg (Dan) Clark of Bloomingdale, N.J.; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held June 11, at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, Wooster. Burial was in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Contributions may be made to People to People Ministries, 454 E. Bowman St., Wooster 44691; or the Wooster Community Hospital Auxiliary, 1761 Beall Ave., Wooster 44691.
Published: June 13, 2012