John Joseph Bartlett, 51, of Springfield, died on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at St. John's Hospital.
John was born December 16, 1960 in Springfield, the son of Fred E. and Patricia Ann Stapleton Bartlett.
John graduated from Waverly High School in 1980 and earned his Associates Degree in Conservation from Lincoln Land Community College. John was a tremendous athlete. At Waverly High School he was known for his blazing speed out of the blocks as well as his quickness and accuracy on the basketball court. He also had an open try-out for the Cincinnati Reds after high school. John loved the outdoors, tinkering with small engines and woodworking. He also liked to surprise his nieces with special treats such as his homemade chocolate fudge and KING SIZE Snickers. John was a member of St. Cabrini Catholic Church.
John would give the shirt off his back or his last dollar to help a stranger in need. He was always for the "Underdog" and helped those who couldn't help themselves. John had a heart of gold, the bluest eyes and the greatest smile. He loved to laugh and tease. We are all truly Blessed that God placed him in our lives.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Sandra "Sandy" Bartlett Henry; nephew, Andrew "Andy" Bartlett Henry; Aunt Gina and Grandparents.
He is survived by his parents, Fred and Patty Bartlett of Springfield; siblings, Bruce Bartlett (wife, Kendra) of Jacksonville; Diane Bartlett of Springfield; Jeannette Waters (husband, Dave) of Springfield; Douglas Bartlett of Brookfield; Stephen Bartlett (wife, Leanne) of Jacksonville; and Angela Martin (fiancé, Bob McFarland) of Petersburg; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; including nephew Mike Flynn.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.
Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at St. Cabrini Catholic Church, 1020 N. Milton Ave., Springfield with Rev. Richard Chiola, celebrant.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.