Ethan Robert Harrison Hartwell, age 26, of Elgin, IL, passed away on October 28, 2021. He was born July 7, 1995 in Elgin to his loving parents, Todd Hartwell and Robin Finnell.

Ethan graduated from South Elgin High School, Class of 2013. He worked as a field agent for the TNT Complete Facility Care.

Ethan enjoyed playing both video games and sports, and loved playing dodgeball and Frisbee golf. A fond memory his father has of Ethan happened on his first day of football practice when Ethan was just 7 years old. He ran up to his dad with his helmet on and said, “Watch this!” He then ran as fast as his legs would let him right at a chain link fence, bounced off of it, rolled on the ground, and popped up, ready to do it again!

Ethan had a smile that lit up the room. He was a friend to all he met, and was generous to a fault. He was super funny and quick witted, outgoing and thoughtful. He cared very much for others’ feelings and needs. He was brave and confident, and never wanted to disappoint you.

Ethan is survived by his daughter, Ashlynn; parents, Todd Hartwell and Robin Finnell; stepmother Tish Hartwell; sister, Victoria; aunts and uncles, Sue, Tim, Tom, Ted, Woody, and Robbie; and cousins, Dayne, Rachel, Phil, Pete, Maggie, Dan, David, and Mike.

Visitation will be 5:00pm until funeral service at 7:00pm, Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.  Pastor Timothy Hartwell will be officiating.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 873 6676 6383, Password: 404879).

Interment will be at 10:45 am, Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Lakewood Memorial Park, 30W730 U.S. Hwy. 20, Elgin, Illinois 60120.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ethan’s name to the Adult & Teen Challenge of St. Louis drug restoration program.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

4 Replies to “Ethan Robert Harrison Hartwell”

  1. Expressing my condolence and blessings to the family at this time. Tish, Faith and I prayed together for our sons that we love so dearly. Ethan was dearly loved by Tish. This love of mothers bonded us as dear friends. Our friendship will be a monument to honour Ethan’s life. Mothers experience great pain to bury our children. Be blessed. God knows. Jesus Christ is praying for you right now. I am agreeing with Holy Spirit of God Intercession for your family right now.

  2. We are very sorry for your loss. We remember Ethan playing football for South Elgin. Such a great kid. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
    Rest In Peace Ethan.

  3. Love you guys! Ethan was loved and will be missed until you see him again!

  4. Very sorry for your tremendous loss 🙏

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