Keith Ray Bartley
April 27, 1934 – December 27, 2018
Keith Ray Bartley, 84, of Groveland, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at his home.
He was born April 27, 1934 in Saunemin, IL to Theodore and Nellie (Christolph) Bartley. He married Patsy Gray on December 23, 1956 in Peoria. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Terry Mae Bartley, two brothers Richard and Donald Bartley and a great-grandson, Austin.
Surviving is his wife, Patsy Bartley of Groveland; their three children, Keith Bartley Jr of Eureka, Kerry (Lori) Bartly of East Peoria and Karen Elam of Peoria; four grandchildren, Erica (Mike) Ulrich, Ashley (Arek) Morgan, Kristopher (Jen) Bartley and Benjamin (Corie) Bartley; six great-grandchildren, Cody, Laney, Trent, Michale, Kaleb and Benson; and one brother, James (Grayce) Bartley of East Peoria.
Keith served in the U.S. Army and worked as a pipefitter for C.I.L.C.O. for 41 years, retiring in 1992. Keith and his wife retired to Branson, MO, returning to Groveland after 15 years. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Bears and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was an avid fisherman and loved hunting, classic westerns, bus trips, gambling and spending time with his family and friends. A visitation will be on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. A funeral will be on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Historic Springdale Cemetery in Peoria.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate. Words of comfort can be shared with the family at www.remmertfuneralhome.com.
- Theodore Bartley, Father
- Nellie Christolph Bartley, Mother
- Patsy Gray Bartley, Wife
- Keith Bartley Jr., Son
- Kerry (Lori) Bartley, Son
- Karen Elam, Daughter
- Terry Mae Bartley, Daughter
- Erica (Mike) Ulrich, Grandchild
- Ashley (Arek) Morgan, Grandchild
- Kristopher (Jen) Bartley, Grandchild
- Benjamin (Corie) Bartley, Grandchild
- Cody, Laney & Trent, Great-grandchildren
- Michale, Kaleb & Benson, Great-grandchildren
- ~ Austin ~, Great-grandson
- James (Grayce) Bartley, Brother
- Richard Bartley, Brother
- Donald Bartley, Brother
- Keith Bartley Jr.
- Kerry Bartley
- Kris Bartley
- Ben Bartley
- Mike Ulrich
- Arek Morgan
- St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate
- Visitation Tuesday, January 1, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Keith Ray Bartley
January 1, 2019
Sorry to read about Keith. We did have some good times years ago. Hang in there, you have have a big family to help you get through this.
December 28, 2018
Keith was an amazing husband and father and grandfather to his children. Keith always found a way to make people laugh even when he was in his last days. Keith never knew a stranger and was loved by many. Keith will be severely missed by all of us.