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Mr. Lewis  Avery "Lewie" Bartow

Mr. Lewis Avery "Lewie" Bartow
  • June 7, 1935 - August 5, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“I am saddened to hear of Mr. Bartow's passing. I have good memories of him as my 4th grade teacher. He saw me at a school function seven or eight...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Deborah Cottrell - Student

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I truly loved and adored Mr. Bartow...I loved seeing him at our office. I'll never...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Kathie Converse - Battle Creek, MI

“We had many good times together with lots of laughter. I especially remember when Lewie sent the children off on a snipe hunt while camping. Ken...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Barb and Ken Helbling

“Laurie I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Father inlaw. My Mom (Cathy Bowden) was friends with your Mother inlaw while we lived on Woods Rd...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Jill Bowden Bradley - MI - Friend

“We've known Lewie ever since since we've moved here and our children Nate and Stephany attended Bedford Elementary. His love of teaching resonated...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Wendy Ball - Battle Creek, MI

“Mr. Barrow was my secomd grade teacher. He was more like a Grandpa to us kids! He always was smiling and welcoming. I have many fond memories of...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Lacey Mitschke - Charlotte, MI

“Dear Pat and family, so sorry to hear of Lewie's passing. He was such a joy!!! We are out of the state so we cannot attend his service, but know you...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Cindy Nottke - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Pat and family,Our deepest sympathy on the death of Lew. He was so proud of his family.A kind, friendly guy who always welcomed conversation...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Bob and Martha Schinderle - MI

“Lewie, for us and for many, was the guy who always brought a smile. Warm memories and gentle hugs to Pat and the family. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Joe and Cheryl Bistayi - Novi, MI

“Mr. Bartow was my 2nd grade teacher. My favorite memory of him was when he would always joke about being in a wheelchair because the regular chair...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Shawn Dolan - Hickory corners, MI

“We are so sorry for your loss. How wonderful it has been to be neighbors for so many years. We will never forget Louie's smile as it always came from...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Claudia and Jake brown - MI

“Sadden by the passing of Lee Bartow. Praying for God's blessings of Comfort, Strenght,and Peace to Pat and family. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: Bernie Larson - Battle Creek, MI

“Condolences. Mr B was a favorite teacher. I still have the wedding cross stitch from you. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: Emily Martin - Bloomington, IL

“Condolences. Mr B was a favorite teacher. I still have the wedding cross stitch from you. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Emily Martin - Bloomington, IL

“This is such sad news. I had many great conversations with Lew in my office and admired his passion and compassion. Our prayers will be for the...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Marc Throop - Northport, AL

“I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bartow drive me back and forth to drivers ed In High school and later I enjoyed hanging out with him at the ballpark ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy (Damerow) Boldt - MI

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Lewis Avery "Lewie" Bartow, 83 of Battle Creek died peacefully at The Legacy at NorthPointe Woods on Sunday morning, August 5, 2018. He was born June 7, 1935 in Port Huron, Michigan, the son of Omer P. and Marguerite (Dodds) Bartow. Lewie was a 1954 graduate of Marysville High School, earned his Bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and his Master's Degree from Western Michigan University. He began his career in Education at Springfield Elementary School in 1959; and then with the Gull Lake School System in 1969. He was employed as a teacher and principal, retiring from Gull Lake Schools in 1995.

Lewie was united in marriage to the "Love of His Life", Patricia Ann "Pat" Kidder on August 23, 1958 in Port Huron, Michigan. Surviving are his wife, Pat; two sons, Brian (Laura) Bartow of St. Louis, Missouri, Dale (Laurie) Bartow of Battle Creek; five grandchildren, Jaimee (Andrew) Hart, Jordan (Cailee) Bartow, both of Kalamazoo, Jenna Bartow of Wixom, Michigan, Lindsay Bartow, and Connor Bartow, both of St. Louis, Missouri; his brother & sisters-in-law, Edward & Linda Kidder, and Rosemary Bartow; and his nieces, nephew, cousins and their families. Lewie was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ben Dodds Bartow; and Pat's parents, Chester & Mildred Kidder.

Lewie was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, a life member of Bedford Masonic Lodge #207, and faithfully served in the United States Naval Reserves for eight years. Lewie loved bringing people together, organizing the many bus trips to the ball parks. He was a "favorite teacher" to many of his students. Lewie would make you laugh, or just "shake your head.., Lewie!" His passion in retirement was enjoying the grandkids, traveling with Pat, Battle Cat and St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, and fishing St. Clair River for Pickerel.

Family will gather with friends from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 157 Chapel Hill Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015 where services to celebrate Lewie's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. with light refreshments to follow the service. Inurnment will be held at Riverlawn Cemetery in Marysville, Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Lewie may be made to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church or the Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family and/or favorite memories of Lewie may be placed at