Jerry R. Bartow, age 71, of Green Lake, passed away on Christmas morning, Thursday, December 25, 2014 at All About Life in Fond du Lac after a long battle with illness caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. He was born on February 17, 1943 in Racine, WI, the son of Myron W. (Mike) and Leona (Spiegelberg) Bartow. Jerry grew up in Oshkosh, graduated from Oshkosh High School and Wisconsin State University, Oshkosh with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 and was stationed in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969.
On June 7, 1969, Jerry was united in marriage to Alice M. Neville in Rockaway, NY and they had three children. Over the years, he and Alice lived in different areas of the country. He was employed by JC Penney’s in Madison, WI. They then moved to Baltimore/Howard County, MD where Jerry was employed as a purchasing agent by the Hecht Co. In 1976, Jerry moved his family to Abilene, KS. He was employed by Duckwall/ALCO Stores for 20 years and retired in 1996. In 1999, Jerry purchased the Dartford Inn in Green Lake, WI and ran the motel until 2009 when illness forced him to retire.
Over the years, Jerry has been a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, and was active in his children’s schools and activities. As a businessman, he was active in the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations. He was a member of the American Legion Post 306 in Green Lake and Disabled American Veterans of America and served on the Green Lake County Council. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends, hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Monday Night Cribbage League.
Jerry is survived by his wife Alice; three children: Eric (Angela) Bartow of Havre, MT, Laura Bartow of Green Lake, Stephanie (Kory) Effinger of Rolla, MO; 8 grandchildren: Ryan Bartow, Jade Effinger, Evan Bartow, Matthew Effinger, Aiden Luepke, Remington Effinger, Jamison Luepke, and Katharine Luepke. He is also survived by one sister, Patricia (Duane) Weisenhaus; brothers-in-law Peter and William Neville, sisters-in-law Elizabeth O’Dwyer, Ellen Neville, Kathleen Gibbons, Christine Neville; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service for Jerry with full Military Honors will be held at 11:00am on Monday, January 5, 2014 at Divine Passage Funeral Home in Ripon. Visitation will be held from 3-5pm on Sunday, January 4, 2014 at Divine Passage Funeral Home and also on Monday from 10:00am until the time of the services. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Willis-Chapel American Legion Post #306 Building Fund.