OREGON – John "Papa John" Bartelt passed peacefully from "The Serenity House" in Oregon, into his new heavenly home on Sept. 13, surrounded by family.
John was born Feb. 9th, 1933 in Geneva, to John and Edith Bartelt. He enlisted in United States Army, and was based-out of Ft. LeonardWood, Mo., until is honorable discharge in 1955. He married Lynda McCornack (deceased) of St. Charles, 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. 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.
Visitation will occurred on Monday, Sept. 19th from 4-6 p.m. at the Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., in Polo.
His celebration of Life was be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20th at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Brethren also in Polo. A graveside service followed at Fairmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers feel free to dedicate a Memorial gift in his name.