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“Neal, I didnt learn of Kim's death until you got my Christmss card that year and you called to let me know. I've never heard the depth of sadness...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Ric Hackett - St louis, MO

“Neal, I suppose its a good thing when sad news travels slow from Battle Creek, to Saint Louis, MO.I was gonna see you this summer--I was; for real. ...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Ric Hackett - St Louis, MO

“Just found out Thursday April 20th about Neal's passing. My wife Sheila and I are heart broken to find this out so late. Neal was a neighbor, friend,...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Archie Smith - Battle Creek, MI

“So very sorry for ur loss. Neal was a great guy! So much fun to be around. He will be missed! ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Cyndie Lyon Blue - Battle Creek, MI

“I knew Neal from way back when my sister Betty Rolffs lived across the street where he grew up on 11 Mile Road in Pennfield Township. He was a great...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Gary Katz - Battle Creek, MI

“Together again with Kim, rest in peace. ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Sharon Schele - Battle Creek, MI

“I've known Neal since we were kids when he visited his Grandparents in northern Michigan. He used to walk from his Grandparents place on the next...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Jaryl "J" Smith-Day - Portage, MI

“Cousin Neal exceeded expectations in every challenge. Neal stayed with us for a year or so when I was in high school and I remember that red old...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: David Rudd - Battle Creek, MI

“Neal and his beloved Kim, together again. Rest in peace my friends. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: Cheri' (Martin) Calkins - MI

“Neal was a really nice person. He was always smiling, happy and helpful.He is gone much too soon. I will miss him greatly. ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Marvin Thomas - Scotts, MI

“Neal was one of a kind. A man who could be outrageously funny,and had a great mind and tender heart. From hanging out on the farm, to sports, to...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Dave Ferrall - Dowling, MI

“Neal was a really great guy. Neal played basketball with the guys at St. Ann's Catholic church. He sometimes played like he was 11, sometimes like he...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Joe Madden - Richland, MI

“Be at peace my friend. May you and Kim find eternal love, together again. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: David Phillips - Wayland, MI

“I remember playing ice hockey with Neal on Beatle Lake as kids and then working with Neal at Barker Mfg for a few years. He was always joking and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Ed Phillips - Grand Ledge, MI

“Neal was a hell of a friend. He had a red, 48' Ford pick-up truck that we'd ride around in looking for trout fishing holes whilst drinking homemade...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: andy kurzmann - Friend

“Sad to hear of Neal's passing. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Marlyn (Back) Castner - Portage

“I am going to miss our card games my friend.God Bless and rest in peace ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: David and Christina Kellner - MI


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Bruce N. "Neal" Bartlett of Augusta, Michigan

Neal, age 61, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday morning, March 31, 2016.

Neal, the son of Bruce H. and Ann E. (Zeller) Bartlett, was born in San Antonio, Texas on February 10, 1955; was a lifetime area resident and was a 1973 graduate of Pennfield High School. Neal was employed as a machinist for 10 years at Bentler Automotive Corporation of Galesburg, MI until 2005 and was previously employed at Cello-Foil of Battle Creek. Neal loved working in his shop, fishing and playing poker with friends. He and Kim were constant companions and they especially enjoyed being outdoors together.

Neal was united in marriage to Kimberly Ann (nee: Ruis) on December 23, 1977 in Battle Creek and sadly she preceded him in death on November 22, 2014. Surviving are his mother and father, Ann and Joe Bauer of Battle Creek; 1/2 sister, Julie Bauer of Marshall, MI and two step-sisters, Suzanne Otte of Battle Creek, MI and Sallie Rapp of Marysville, CA; his mother-in-law, Roselynn (Rice) Ruis of Richland, MI; and a brother-in-law, Henry W. "Hank" (Bev) Ruis of Benton Harbor, MI. Neal was also preceded in death by his father, Bruce.

The Memorial Service to celebrate Neal's life will be held Wednesday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel, 9170 East D Avenue (M-89), where family and friends will share tributes to both Neal and Kim. Family and friends will continue this special couple's life celebration with a time of fellowship and a luncheon at The Dock At Bayview, 12504 East D Avenue, Richland, MI 49083, immediately following the Service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Neal's honor may be directed to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015.