NEW GLARUS - William (Bill) Harold Bartlett, 73, of New Glarus, WI, passed away Monday, December 12, 2016, at home with his daughter Kathryn by his side.
Bill was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on February 28, 1943, to William C. Bartlett and Alice L. (Douglas). He grew up and attended schools in Des Moines. He graduated from Drake University with a B.S. and later earned a Masters in Personnel Service from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
He married Nancy I. Switzer, daughter of Ruth I. and Delmar Switzer, at First Christian Church in Des Moines on March 19, 1962. Bill and Nancy went on to have four children. They called several states home - Iowa, Colorado, California, Arkansas, and Texas, but returned to their roots when they moved back to Iowa in 1987.
Bill enjoyed gardening, cooking, football, auto racing, fishing, reading, but most of all spending time with his children and grand-children. Bill was known as warm and generous and a great kidder. His smile put everyone at ease.
Bill spent his entire career in human resources working for steel companies. It was a career he loved, especially the people he worked with. His last employer was Keokuk Steel Castings in Keokuk, Iowa.
Bill was preceded in death by his father, William Clifford Bartlett, a brother, Douglas Ebert Bartlett, his mother, Alice Loana Bartlett, and wife, Nancy Ione Bartlett.
Bill is survived by his four children, Elisabeth Ione Gibson (Don) of De Soto, TX, Lora Caroline Bartlett of Philadelphia, PA, Mary Kathryn Bartlett-Mulvihill (John) of New Glarus, WI, William Alexander Bartlett (Noelle) of Lakeville, MN; eight grandchildren, Victoria Ione Hyde (Justin), Cary Regan Hartline, William Trenton Bartlett, Lianna Isabell Bartlett, Avery Rose Bartlett, Maxwell Alexander Bartlett, Theodore Marshall Bartlett, and Vivienne Raine Mulvihill; three great-grandchildren, Lyric Louis Hyde, Ariana Ione Hyde, and Willow Elisabeth Hyde; and a brother, James Clifford Bartlett, of Milwaukee, WI.
A special thanks to the staff, but in particular the nurses and CNAs, of Agrace Hospice of Madison, WI, for taking such great care of Bill. Remembrances can be found at www.informedchoicefunerals.com.