Richard Frank Bartelson

June 29, 1930 ~ November 10, 2020 (age 90)


Dick Bartelson, age 90, of Marengo died Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall.
Dick was born in Elkhorn ,Wisconsin on June 29, 1930. He joined the United States Navy and served in the Far East during the Korean War. After receiving his honorable discharge in 1954, he entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison and graduated in 1957. He worked for a number of Insurance Companies in Illinois, New York, and Michigan. He was employed at the Veteran's Hospital in Battle Creek until his retirement in 2006.
He married the former Maeve Hopp on May 6, 1961, in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, a son, Anthony, his wife, Patricia and their two sons, Caleb and Ethan of North Carolina, his daughter, Margaret and her husband, Randy Forman of Marshall, Michigan and her children, Mario Ramon of Florida, Meghan and Zack Jones of Ceresco, and Nicholas Ramon of Utah.
A daughter Maeve Elizabeth preceded him in death in 1984.
Dick enjoyed playing golf, which he began at age 13. He spent several of his vacations in Ireland looking for his ancestors. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Marshall. He was an usher for 30 years and a Eucharistic Minister for 5 years. He was elected to the Marshall City Council in 1980. He was an active member of the Claude E. Hale VFW Post #4073 in Marshall and was a Past Commander. He initiated the Veteran's Day Ceremony at the fountain and was a part of it's celebration each year for more than 20 years.
Dick was a Respite Care Giver for Oaklawn Hospice and was a member of the Oaklawn Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered in the Oncology Department and at the information desk at the hospital.
A private family graveside funeral service will be held for the family at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068.
Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church, 212 W. Hanover Street, Marshall, Mi or through the funeral home.
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