ARTHUR – Ernest "Ernie" Bartholomew Jr., 82, of Arthur died at 8:04 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2014) at his residence in Arthur.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois St., Arthur, with Rev. John Stewart officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Shrader Funeral Home, 431 S. Vine St., Arthur, with Masonic Rites at 8 p.m. Graveside services with military rites accorded will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Street Cemetery in Casey.
Ernie was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Casey, the son of Ernest and Flossie Elliott Bartholomew Sr. He married Patricia Beth Ulrey in Casey on Sept. 21, 1954.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Beth Bartholomew of Arthur; two sons, David (Gemma) Bartholomew of Arthur and Mark (Terrie) Bartholomew of Little Elm, Texas; two grandsons, Zachary of Little Elm, Texas, and Colten Bartholomew of La Crosse, Wis.; step-granddaughter, Eleanor McKee-Volkmer of Carleton, Neb.; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister and brother-in-law, Iwana and Burnell Runkel.
Ernie graduated from Casey High School in 1951 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952 until 1956, spending 18 months in Korea during the Korean War.
Ernie and Beth moved to Arthur in 1957. He was employed by Petro/USI Chemical Co. in Tuscola for 35 years, retiring as supervisor in 1992.
He was involved in Douglas County politics and government, having been a Bourbon Township trustee and tax assessor for over 25 years. He just served his second tenure on the Douglas County Board, having served from 1992 to 2000, including two years as board chairman. He was reappointed to the county board in 2011, and elected to a full four-year term in 2012.
He also served on the Douglas County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission, was a director of the Douglas County Crime Stoppers, and served as a Republican precinct committeeman.
Ernie retired with 20 years of service to the Arthur Volunteer Fire Department; was a 50-year member of the Arthur VFW and American Legion and was the current commander.
He was also a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Danville Scottish Rite, Ansar Shrine, and founding member of the Tri-County Shrine Club, Arthur Lions Club, and Order of the Eastern Star. He belonged to the Arthur United Methodist Church for over 50 years, where he served on several committees.
Ernie dedicated many years of service to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair, serving as superintendent of the horse pulling contest and worked on demolition derby and tractor pull. He served as a fair board director from 1984 to 2000.
Memorials are suggested to the Children's Shriners Hospital in St. Louis; Arthur United Methodist Church; or Arthur Masonic Lodge.
Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.hilligossshraderfh.com.