John A. Bartelt

John A. Bartelt

John “Papa John” Bartelt passed peacefully from “The Serenity House” in Oregon, IL into his new heavenly home on September 13th, surrounded by family.

John was born February 9th, 1933 in Geneva, IL to John and Edith Bartelt. He enlisted in United States Army, and was based-out of Ft. Leonard Wood, MO until is honorable discharge in 1955. He married Lynda McCornack (deceased) of St. Charles, IL in 1955. He jointly ran a farm located outside of Geneva with his father until 1966, at which time he purchased it. In 1974, John sold the Geneva farm and purchased a beautiful farm off of Judson Road in Polo, IL. He continued to farm until he semi-retired in 1980. He then drove a truck for a number of years before officially retiring in 2000. Papa John loved being a good ole’ country boy and he was darn good at it!

He is survived by his loving companion of 18 years, Adrienne Hiatt, 6 children Ron, Steve, Susan (Cavanaugh – Kurt) and Patricia, all of Polo; Scott (Lynn) of Goshen, KY and Jeffrey (Holly) of Stockton; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Jayne Gilligan and Judy Connor; brother Richard Bartelt

Visitation will occur on Monday, September 19th from 4:00p – 6:00p at the Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., in Polo, IL.

His celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday September 20th at 10:30 AM at the Church of the Brethren also in Polo. A graveside service will follow at Fairmount Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers feel free to dedicate a Memorial gift in his name.

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