James Bartlow, age 80, of Camp Point, Illinois, died Wednesday, June 6, 2007 in Blessing Hospital. He was born on July 15, 1926 in Adair County, Missouri. Jim was a son of John Thomas and Bessie Jane (Conder) Bartlow. He married Mary Rena Celia Lane on July 4, 1950 in Kirksville, Missouri. She survives.
Jim was a member of Teamsters Local 21 and 688. He went to Mt. Vernon Star Grade School and then went through 9th grade at Hurdland High School. He quit school to work on the family farm after his father suffered a stroke.
Jim grew up in Hurdland, Missouri. He was drafted in the U.S. Army on December 5, 1944. Basic training was at Camp Campbell, Kentucky. He was in the 5th Infantry Division and then transferred to the 3rd Division, 21st Field artillery. In 1945, he served in the European Theatre in France & the Army of Occupation in Germany. On May 5, 1945, he was in Czechoslovakia from Bischofsreut in Bavaria Germany until June 23, 1945. By the end of June, he was back in France to return home on the General E. Goethe’s, an army transport vessel. On July 8, 1945, he arrived in the United States eight days later. James was discharged and then reenlisted for another year until November 16, 1946 when he was discharged.
While he was in the army, he received several medals, Rifle MI Sharpshooter, World War II Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern SV Ribbon, and the American Campaign Medal.
Jim was a semi-driver for Kiefer Grocery Warehouse & then Bemis Freight Service until his retirement in 1987. He was baptized April 22, 1979 in Salem Lutheran Church, Mendon, Illinois.
He lived in South Bend, Indiana and then moved to Adams County, Illinois for the remainder of his life. He was active as a scout leader. James loved hunting, fishing, working with wood, gardening and spending time with his family and his puppy "Katie". During his illness the last 13 years, he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and squirrels.
Survivors include his wife, Rena, three sons, Joseph Delbert Bartlow and his wife Bonnie, of Quincy, John Lane Bartlow and his wife Ruth of Quincy, and Jackie Lee Bartlow of Hannibal, Missouri, one daughter, Mary Jolene Bartlow Campbell and her husband Lonnie of Clayton, Illinois; grandchildren, Jaydon Bartlow of Quincy, Eric Bartlow and his wife, Michelle, Quincy, Matthew Bartlow, Quincy, Jackie Bartlow of Hannibal, MO, Kimberly Cookson of Quincy, Jennifer, Misty, Adam Heisel and his wife Tracy of Plymouth, IL, Renee Heisel of Mt. Sterling, IL, Celia Heisel Eicken and her husband Jared of Camp Point, IL, Step Grandchildren, Michael, Stephen, and Scott Campbell, Gavin, Kala, and Dalton Tappe. Great-Grandchildren, Braydon Bartlow of Quincy, Tanner and Carson Bartlow, Jennifer, Emily, Mariah Hunsaker, Avery, and Grant Heisel, Natalie Eicken; Step-Great Grandchildren, Dillon, Steffen, Damon, Katie, Kaleigh, and Brandon Campbell, Brother, John Bartlow in Eureka, IL, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Dennis Ray Bartlow and Thomas LeRoy Bartlow, a grandson, James Lee Bartlow, two sisters, Eva Cook and Ina McGlothlin
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Duker & Haugh Funeral Home by Rev. Sonny Woollard. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the family.