William J. Bartlett, 75, of rural Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 1:38 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, IA. He was born on March 1, 1945 in Fort Madison, IA to Edward & Vina Hueser Bartlett. He married Kathy J. Ayers on September 14, 1968 in Wolcott, IA. She preceded him in death on December 5, 2016. He worked at Ken’s Home Appliance for several years and then was the owner of K & B Appliance. He then worked at American Ordinance and lastly as a driver for Shottenkirk in Fort Madison. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, stationed in South Korea. He was a member of Holy Family Parish and the Pen City Cruisers Car Club. He enjoyed car racing, the Chicago Cubs, Iowa Hawkeye Basketball & Football and working on his 1979 Trans Am.
Bill is survived by: 2-daughters: Angela (Dr. Bill) Helling of Keosauqua, IA & Gretchen (Harley) Helterhoff of St. Charles, MO; 1-son: Joe Bartlett of Davenport, IA; 6-grandchildren: Kati (Elliott), Vaughn, Connor, Aiden, Grant & Blake; 2-brothers: Dick (Judi) Bartlett of Lake Ozark, MO & John (Deb) Bartlett of Mesa, AZ; his special friend: Mary Hunter of Burlington, IA & several nieces, nephews & cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Friends may call after 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with the family to receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. immediately following the visitation. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Joseph Phung officiating. Burial will be held at Soldiers’ Circle in Oakland Cemetery. A memorial has been established in Bill’s memory. Online condolences and a video tribute of Bill’s life may be viewed at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.