Thomas S. V. Bartlett, Jr.

  • Born: December 31, 1947
  • Died: April 15, 2015
  • Location: Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln Land Cremation Society

917 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel. (217) 523-4646

Tribute & Message From The Family

Thomas Shelley Vallette Bartlett, Jr., 67, of Springfield, died at 10:54 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 peacefully at his home surrounded by family.

Tom was born December 31, 1947 in Chicago, the son of Thomas Shelley Vallette and Louise Reynolds Bartlett, Sr. Growing up, Tom and his family spent a great deal of time in Maine. By age 16, he was working in the summer as a crew member on windjammers (Including the Victory Chimes) off of the coast of Maine. In 1965 Tom graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School and would then attend Hanover College in Indiana for a short time.

In May of 1966 Tom enrolled in the United States Navy and would spend the next 4 years proudly serving his country. He started off in the seamanship gang aboard the USS Piper SS409. During the Fall of 1967, Tom was transferred to the USS Corporal SS346 where he worked as an oiler and eventually an engine man. Aboard this diesel submarine, he would travel the world to such places as the Arctic Circle, France, Spain, Monte Carlo, Scotland, and much more. In recent years, Tom was one of the key factors in reuniting the men of this submarine. With help from other shipmates, he contacted several men that no one had heard from in years and even helped organize a series of reunions. Along with the reunions, he started the website where people could go to learn more about their sub and its history. He would continue to manage this site for his last 10 years.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy in April 1970, Tom moved to Miami for a short time and eventually ended up in Springfield, IL attending Lincoln Land Community College and working two jobs. It is here that he met Jeanette Putting, who would eventually become his wife and mother of their children. In early 1973, the adventurous souls that they were, Tom & Jeani jumped in his van and headed west to California. They would spend the next year traveling around California, living out of his van, and working miscellaneous jobs. Jeani's grandmother became ill which brought them back to Springfield. Tom and Jeani eventually settled up in Flossmoor, IL where they would marry and start a family.

Moving forward, Tom had many great accomplishments and also faced many challenges in his life. Some of these highlights include:

- Lived in Chicago -> Miami -> Springfield -> California -> Springfield -> Chicago -> Strongsville, OH -> Rockwall, TX -> Springfield
- Was married 26+ years (and remained good friends until the very end)
- Raised 3 successful children
- Enjoyed 3 grandchildren (2 in Seattle and 1 in Springfield)
- Raised 4 Golden Retrievers (whom were like children)
- Remained close with his 2 siblings
- Worked as a taxi cab driver, volunteer fireman, and in the Steel Mills in Gary, IN early on
- Chaired the Bi-Centennial Celebration Committee for hometown at Mayor's request
- Held an IL Real Estate Broker's license for 33 years
- Bought & resold 400 residential homes annually for 3 years for major corporations
- Principal speaker at numerous seminars of up to 1,000 people throughout the country (see "documents" photo album for subjects he spoke about and places he spoke)
- Met & spoke with Henry Kissinger at one of these seminars (see photo in album)
- Quoted in the Wall Street Journal (see "documents" photo album)
- Published in numerous trade publications (see "documents" photo album)
- Achieved 89% sales closing ratio at United Van Lines over a 2 year period
- Bid, contracted, & supervised moving the Illinois State Library collection (took 30 days)
- Worked as Budget Analysis for 23+ years for the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services until his retirement in January 2015
- Diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in July 2013 and courageously battled cancer for almost 2 years, exceeding everyone's expectations

Tom had a huge passion for long road trips and all genres of music. He had the opportunity to see many of the greatest bands of all time including:

· Attended original Woodstock in 1969
· Led Zeppelin
· The Who
· Janice Joplin
· Deep Purple
· Cream
· Moody Blues
· The Animals (even partied with them!)
· Roy Orbison
· Crosby, Stills & Nash
· Elton John
· and many more

*Within the first 3-5 seconds of any song before 1980, Tom could tell you the Artist, the name of the song and usually some sort of history about the band or song.

Tom was a family man and would have given the shirt off of his back for his family and friends, never expecting anything in return. He was funny and absolutely loved telling jokes. Tom was detail-oriented, extremely smart, and the most practical person one would ever know. He was also very outspoken & direct but you know he was always being truthful. Thomas, Tom, "T," "Tommy," "Dad," "Grampie," and "Bae Bae," (or any other name one might have called him) will sure be missed by so many but should be proud of the legacy he leaves behind.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his former wife, Jeani Fancher of Mason City; two sons, Thomas S. V. (wife, Sinia) Bartlett III of Seattle, WA and Andrew R. Bartlett of Springfield; daughter, Jessica L. (husband, Steven) Krisfalusi of Springfield; three grandchildren, Katie Bartlett, Wesley Bartlett, and Brendan Krisfalusi; siblings, Boyd (wife, Janet) Bartlett of Fort Collins, CO and Shelley (husband, Don) Small of Castine, ME; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Cremation was accorded by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

The family will host a Celebration of Life from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Springfield Motorboat Club, 17 W. Club Area, Springfield, IL 62712.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Animal Protective League, 1001 Taintor Rd, Springfield, IL 62702 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.