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James Roydan Bartlett, 73, of Clinton, Iowa passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Honoring his wishes, cremation rites will be accorded with no services to be scheduled and no memorials or flowers requested. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

James was born March 17, 1944 in Anna, Illinois the son of James Thomas and Geraldine (Brothers) Bartlett. At a young age James was placed in a Lutheran Childrens Home. However, he was very fortunate that Ray and Myrtle Fulfs would believe in him enough that they became his newly adopted parents. The Fulfs took James into their new family showing him the love he never experienced. Additionally, Ray took James under his wing, teaching him an abundance of skills including plumbing, electrical, carpentry and most importantly believing in yourself enough that you can achieve anything in life. James would work at the Fulfs hardware store for many years. It was during this time that he would meet the love of his life, Lou Dell Burgess. They were united in marriage on March 23, 1963 in Dixon, Illinois - together 54 years.

Several years after their marriage, James began his career as an over-the-road truck driver, retiring after 30+ years. However, his love of driving didnt stop after retirement he would continue driving for Holsinger Grain and Live Stock, along with his son Tom, for many more years. During his driving career and raising and caring for his family he was also an entrepreneur, ultimately owning and operating, along with his wife and daughter, Vitales Pizza Restaurant for the past 25 years.

James was a man that could do basically anything from building houses, performing electrical or plumbing work, he was a perfectionist that did every job one way the right way. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan going to games with his Foster Dad Ray and family. During his truck driving days, he loved old school country music and carried on that love the rest of his life. He dearly loved his fur-baby Miss Daisy his Maltese. Above all, he loved his family very much and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

It was noted that James came from an all most forgotten time when excuses meant less than nothing and a mans word meant everything. At the end of the day, only results counted, he was from an era of tough men who knew real hardship and stood for something worthwhile, men and values you could always count on.

James is survived his wife Lou Dell Bartlett of Clinton, IA; two daughters Becky Krontz of Camanche, IA and Sarah Wells of Long Beach, Mississippi; one son James Tom (Sena) Bartlett of Fulton, IL; two grandchildren Christopher Krontz and Eric Wells; four great-grandchildren Jayden, Jianna, Jordan and Ramsey; two sisters and two brothers; with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding James in death were his parents, his foster parents and two brothers.

Fond memories and condolences for James family may be shared at www.lemkefuneralhomes.com, obituary page.
Published on September 10, 2017
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