Roger D. Bartholow

December 5, 1933April 20, 2011

ROGER D. BARTHOLOW, 77, of Fort Wayne, died on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Regency Place. Born Dec. 5, 1933, in Huron, S.D., he was the son of Cecil Bartholow and Della (Jeske). He was a Korean War Army veteran. He was co-owner of Soccer House for 20 years and worked at Harvester as Director of Human Resources for 26 years. He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church; former Senior Warden, Junior Warden and Vestry member; was a member of many soccer organizations in the Fort Wayne area; he graduated from University of South Dakota; and member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. Surviving are his wife, Lellie; sons, Peter (Janet) Batholow of Las Vegas, Nev. and Matthew Bartholow of Mammoth Lake, Calif.; daughter, Libby (Bill) Whitesell of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, Candice (Erik) Harris, Corin (Jesse) Vrchota, Emily Whitesell, and Merillyn Whitesell, all of Fort Wayne; four great-grandchildren; and brother, Thomas (Donna) Bartholow of Brookings, S.D. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 611 W. Berry St., with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 25, 2011, at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne St. Preferred memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church Spiritual Wreath Fund or Parkview Home Care & Hospice.


  • Visitation Monday, April 25, 2011
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Roger D. Bartholow

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Shirley Jordan

February 26, 2012

Lellie, So sorry to hear of your loss. Will always treasure the laughs and fun in St. Clairsville. Don't know about you but I hate the word Widow. Fondly, Shirley Jordan

Jennifer Kummer

April 26, 2011

Lellie, Libby, Pete and Matt-
I am so sorry for you, so happy for Roger. I have such wonderful memories of Roger and always appreciated his invitation to join his team on Sunday mornings as an usher! Your faith has always been strong and will see you through this sorrowful time. You are in my prayers.

Chris Dodge

April 25, 2011

I was saddened to hear of Roger's passing. His coaching taught me many lessons that extended well beyond the playing field. It was always good to catch up with him at the Soccer House when we were back visiting. May God be with you during this tough time.

Janet Piercy

April 25, 2011

Lellie and Libby, My prayers are with you during this time. I know the journey has been hard, but he is in that place where there is no pain. I loved the photo gallery, esp. the wedding pic. of you, Lellie! God bless you all!

Tracy Stevens

April 25, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Roger in Indianapolis at IH. He was a great guy. I had lost touch with Roger, but happened to see his notice in the newspaper. God Bless