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C. Robert Bartholomew dies at 85

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C. Robert “Digger” Bartholomew, 85, of Valparaiso, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2007 peacefully at his home.

He was born Dec. 19, 1921 in Valparaiso, the son of Charles L. “Doc” and Louise (Bannister) Bartholomew, both of whom preceded him in death. His father served as mayor of Valparaiso from 1935-1944.

On Sept. 19, 1943, he married Irene F. Borkoski, who preceded him in death June 14, 1994.

He is survived by four children, Charles Michael Bartholomew of Chesterton, Robin Dale Bartholomew of Valparaiso, Stephen P. and Robin Bartholomew of Valparaiso and John and Sharon Bartholomew of Indianapolis and five grandchildren, Mary, Bobby, Joey, Rachel and Stephen.

When Bob returned to Valparaiso from the Navy after WWII, in 1949, he joined his father in the family funeral home business of C.W. Bartholomew & Son. Bob ran the funeral home until 1997, when he retired. He was still active in the funeral home until his death. Bob was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a life member of the American Legion Charles Pratt Post 94, a life member of the VFW Post 988, a life member of the Moose Lodge 1357, a life member of the Eagles Lodge 2517 and a life member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #500.

Bob was a 50 year member of the Orak Shrine and a member of the Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of South Bend, a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association.

Funeral Services, Rev. Dr. Ted Lester officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Valparaiso.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Monday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, with the Elks Memorial Service at 7 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made of Opportunity Enterprises or the Special Olympics, two of Bob’s favorite charities.

For more information, please call 462-4102 or visit the Web at

 to sign a guestbook for Bob.


Posted 3/19/2007