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Larry Joseph "Buckwheat" Bartholomew


Larry Joseph Bartholomew, 74, passed away November 28, 2023 at VIA Carlisle Care Center.

Larry Joe “Buckwheat” was born on October 15, 1949 to Newton and Carolyn Bartholomew. He attended Carlisle Consolidated grade school, junior high and high school and graduated in 1968. Following graduation, Larry Joe was employed by Meredith Publishing of West Des Moines. He enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1968. After six years in the Guard and attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, he earned an honorable discharge. He then worked for Ralph Bartholomew, who operated a trash disposal company in Carlisle and surrounding communities. Due to medical limitations, he ended that course of employment. He found his place at Carlisle Care Center, the very same place where he died. He worked as the laundry attendant for 20 years and retired in 1999.

In March of 1976, he married Arlynn Moore of Carlisle. They had two daughters, Lindsay and Shawna.

Larry Joe enjoyed playing cards and cribbage with his buddies at the VFW and My Sister’s Place. He was a gentle and loyal friend. He also enjoyed fishing with his brother at some of the local farm ponds around Carlisle. Larry Joe entertained himself at the Casino from time to time. He also enjoyed celebrating holidays and birthdays with his daughters and grandkids.

Larry Joe is survived by his daughters, Lindsay and Shawna (Rocky), both of Carlisle; brother, Chuck Bartholomew of Carlisle; sister, Janet Van Ryswyk (Dean), of Indianola; grandson, Logan Wolfe, of Newton; Kyndal Chiles, of Carlisle; and many extended family members. He prized his friendships and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Karen (1965); his father, Newton (1999); and his mother, Carolyn (Luick, 2019).

A memorial will be held Sunday, December 17, 2023 from 2 to 4 pm at the American Legion building in Carlisle. Memorial donations may be sent to the Carlisle Alumni Association.

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