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Richard "Dick" Junior Bartlett, 86, of Uniontown, Ohio, and formerly of Traverse City, passed away June 27, 2017 at Jackson Ridge Nursing Home after suffering with Lewy body dementia.
Richard was born on Nov. 23, 1930 in Saginaw to the late Richard and Audrey (Campbell) Bartlett. On Aug. 16, 1952 Richard married the love of his life, Maxine Ellen Tolles, at the Saginaw Church of God.
Dick was a Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) minister. He pastored for over 50 years serving the communities of Anderson, Indiana, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Valparaiso, Indiana, Traverse City, Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant and Honor. He was passionate about building into small, struggling congregations and had a heart for people who are often overlooked. He was involved with the ministerial associations in the various cities where he lived. He also served as a youth, children's and family camp director and as a Boy Scout Leader for many years.
His hobbies included camping, fishing and building projects, building his own house from the ground up. He thoroughly enjoyed his life and would often say that as long as God could continue to use him, he was happy to keep on living.
Dick was preceded in death by Maxine E. Bartlett, his beloved wife of 63 years and his ministry partner; and siblings, Spencer (Juanita) Bartlett and Lorena Watters.
He is survived by daughter, Rebecca (Melvin) Schafer, of Uniontown, Ohio; sons, Rodney (Penny) Bartlett, of Longview, Texas, and Dennis (Tracey) Bartlett, of Traverse City; six granddaughters, Alyssa (Chris) Scheck, Amber Schafer, Jessica (Travis) Terry, Samantha (John) Courtney, Bethany Bartlett and Elizabeth (Adam) Nelson; four great-grandchildren, Corbin and Abigail Travis and Nathanael and Anneliese Scheck; and many other loving family members and friends.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service celebrating Dick's life will take place on Monday, July 3, 2017, at 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at Bayview Wesleyan Church. Dick will be laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Interlochen.
Memorial contribution in memory of Dick may be directed to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047 (www.lbda.org); or the Charlevoix Family Camp of the Church of God, 13603 Veenstra Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Dick with his family by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on June 30, 2017
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