John Bartram

John Bartram, age 88, passed away at Gaslight Village Assisted Living Facility on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. John was born on September 13, 1931 in Sumner, Ill. He was the son of Harry Bartram and Ethel McVickar Bartram.

John was married on August 6, 1952 to Elaine Whipkey Bartram. John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine; brother, Frank Bartram; and sisters, Verna Bennett and Evelyn Ruud.

He is survived by his sisters, Leora Leihser and Jean McCoy; two children, Mark Bartram (Maria) and Tracee Anderson; along with his six grandchildren, Ryan Bartram, Kelly Laney (Tyler), Lexie Anderson, Savannah Anderson, Jeremy Coulter, Jeff Coulter; and one great-grandson, Mateo Coulter.

John graduated from the Allied Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ill., as an engineer. He worked for Hoover Universal and Johnson Controls until his retirement in December, 1996.

John served in the Korean War in the 187th Regimental Combat Team as a paratrooper. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, the Wit and Wisdom Club, and the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club.

John enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and he loved being a member of the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club.

John’s family is very grateful for the outstanding care and kindness that he received from all of the staff at Gaslight Village over the past three years.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a small family celebration of life will take place at a later time.

Arrangements are under the care of the Tecumseh Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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