PROPHETSTOWN – Donald Dean Bartlett, age 86, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.
Donald was born on May 22, 1933, in Green County, Illinois, the son of Walter “Jim” D. and Nettie E. (Wells) Bartlett. He graduated from Winchester High School and then received his Bachelor’s Degree at Western Illinois University. Don is a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart Ruth Ehlert on December 27, 1952, in Jacksonville, IL. Don was the owner and operator of Prophetstown Equipment, Polo Equipment and Chadwick Equipment.
Don accomplished a lot in his life. He was the Past President of the Illinois Retail Farm Equipment Association, the Past Trustee of the Prophetstown Fire District, the Past President of the Prophetstown Booster Club and the Past President of the Prophet Hills Country Club. He was a member of the Prophetstown First Lutheran Church and served on the church council. Being a Veteran, Don was proud to be able to take the Honor Flight in September of 2012. He enjoyed playing cards, cheering on local high school sports teams and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Illini fan. He loved teaching his grandsons his hobbies of hunting and fishing.
Don was preceded in death by his fishing and hunting buddies, Don Phillips, Jim Saffer and Bill Hart. He was a very thoughtful, honorable man who truly will be missed.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Ruth; two daughters, Anita “Ann” (Isaias) Rodriguez of Sterling and Susan (Dennis) Stanhoff of Prophetstown; seven grandchildren, Anna, Matthew (Cecily), Caleb, Sarah, Jacob (Grace), Zachary and Emma; four great-grandchildren, Eli, Matthew, Jr., Isabella and Jackson; one great-grandson due in January; his twin sister, Jean (Kenny) Gourley-Savage of Winchester and sister, Barb Moore of Winchester; sisters-in-law, Ginny Bartlett of Sterling and Berneda (Bill) Grisham of TX; brothers-in-law, Harold (Pat) Ehlert of KS and Carl (Nancy) Ehlert of IL; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter “Jim” Bartlett and Nettie E. Bartlett- Doyle; one brother, Richard “Dick” Bartlett; and two brothers-in-law.
A memorial visitation will be Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown, 46 Grove Street. A graveside service with full Military Honors will be held at a later date at Winchester City Cemetery in Winchester, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prophetstown EMS or the First Lutheran Church of Prophetstown.
For online condolences, please visit: www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com