IUKA — Roger L. Bartley, 86, of Iuka, IL passed away Friday, February 5, 2021, at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL.
Born January 29, 1935, in Iuka, he was the son of Virgil Emery and Lora P. (Littrell) Bartley who preceded him in death.
Roger was a former President of Iuka State Bank. He was the manager of Iuka United Mutual Insurance Agency and a representative of Modern Woodman of America. He loved Southern Gospel music singing in many gospel groups spanning six decades including The Bartley Family and Glory Bound. He will also be remembered for hosting WJBD radios Sunday morning Gospel Hour for twenty-five years. He was a member of the Iuka Volunteer Fire Department, a faithful member and deacon of the Iuka General Baptist Church, had served as President of the Salem Community High School Board. Roger was a Sargent in the U. S. Army Reserves.
He married Mary Lou Becker on April 16, 1955, and she survives in Iuka.
Also surviving are his children Deanne (Brian) Donoho of Salem, IL, Connie (John) Tierney of Salem, IL along with grandchildren Shannon (Jenny) Musgrave, Dr. Brandon Musgrave, Justin (Kelsey) Louvier and Hannah Louvier; step-grandchildren, Levi Donoho, Christine (Brian) Grube, Cathleen (Theo) Schmidt, Justin (Brittany) Tierney, along with four great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.
Also left to mourn his passing are siblings Delbert (Evelyn) Bartley of Iuka, IL, Sherrill (Pat) Bartley of Fairfield, IL, Ruby Chapman of Salem, IL, Kaye Marshall of Odin, IL, and sister-in-law Ruby Bartley of Virginia, along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Verl Bartley, Joy Bartley, Robert “Bobby” Bartley, Norma Hicks, Florice Poore, and younger sisters Evelyn Bartley and Maxine Bartley. Also brothers-in-law Gene Poore, Donald “Bud” Chapman, Charles Hicks. Buster Marshall and sisters-in-law, Bernice Bartley and Brenda Bartley.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Iuka General Baptist Church with Tracy Bennett officiating. Due to the weather conditions, burial will take place at a later date in Iuka Cemetery.
Visiting hours will be from 9 a.m. until the service hour at the church on Saturday. The family appreciates your understanding the importance of wearing masks which will be provided if necessary and respecting social distancing in accordance with the CDC and State of Illinois Phase 4 Revitalizations guidelines.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Iuka General Baptist Church, or the Iuka Volunteer Fire Department, and will be received by the Sutherland – Rankin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 97, 310 N. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care.