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Elmer "Bud" Barthelmes

Troy Mills

Elmer Victor Joseph Barthelmes, 99, of Troy Mills, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, at Manorcare Health Services in Cedar Rapids. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at St. John's Catholic Church in Coggon, conducted by the Rev. Nick March. The family will greet friends one hour before Mass at the church on Monday. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, Norway.
Elmer, the son of Joseph and Ida (Rothermich) Barthelmes, was born on June 15, 1919, in Norway, Iowa. He attended school in Blairstown, Iowa. Elmer married Hazel Steinberg at Immaculate Conception Church in Van Horne, Iowa, on Aug. 19, 1940. They had a reception and dance in Blairstown in the evening. Elmer and Hazel lived in Cedar Rapids, where he was a machinist until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1944 to 1946. Elmer was on the USS Hobby destroyer in the Pacific Ocean during the war. When he returned home, they started farming in Benton County and later in Linn County while he worked at Bjorensen Construction. After retiring, they moved to Troy Mills. Elmer enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent many enjoyable days fishing in Minnesota and Missouri. Elmer and Hazel loved traveling, especially to Branson, Mo., and for their 50th wedding anniversary drove to Alaska. He also attended many stock car races to see his son, daughter and son-in-law race. Elmer, throughout his life, had a strong work ethic which also included mowing his two-acre lawn until the age of 98. He was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church in Coggon and Troy Mills American Legion Floyd Williamson Post 712.
Elmer's parents preceded him in death; as well as his baby sister, Marcella.
He is survived by his wife of 78 years, Hazel; four children, Ron (Belva) Barthelmes, Kathie (Dennis) Manfull, Bill (Mary Jo) Barthelmes and Jacqui (Al) Sorensen; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thank you to Winslow House Care Center, Mercy Hospice and ManorCare for their professional and compassionate care they provided to Elmer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy.
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