In loving memory of

Jay Alan Bartell
March 27, 1969 - February 7, 2019

Jay Alan Bartell, 49, of Bernard, Iowa, passed away suddenly on Thursday evening, February 7, 2019, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

A celebration of Jay's life will be held at 7 P.M., Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 4 to 7 P.M. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the visitation and a private burial will be held at a later date.

Jay Alan Bartell was born in Rock Island, Illinois, to Donald Alan and Debra Roxanne (Booth) Bartell. He was a 1987 graduate of Moline High School. He later attended Northeast Iowa Community College where he earned a welding certificate, and completed a four-year tool and die apprenticeship program. He was also licensed and certified in non-destructive testing. He married Jennifer Rebecca Otting on April 25, 1998 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Otter Creek, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Jared Alan and Justine Rose.

Jay was a very hard worker. He was currently working for Eagle Engineering in Eldridge, Iowa - ten years as a tool and die maker and more recently as a Manufacturing Engineer. He previously owned and operated Bartell Construction for seven years. He also worked for many years as a tool and die maker, CNC Setup-Operator and welder for several area companies including, CMT Inc, ModForm Inc, Precision Tool & Engineering, Uelner Tool and Die & D.E. Smith and as a NDT Inspector for Quad City Testing Labs.

Jay enjoyed building things, fishing, kayaking, and tinkering. He loved spending the 4th of July with family and friends.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Jennifer "Jenny" Bartell of Bernard, IA; children, Jared Alan Bartell of Bernard, IA, and Justine Rose Bartell of Bernard, IA; his mother, Debra Bartell of Bernard, IA; maternal step-grandmother, Vey Booth of Reynolds, IA; aunts, Kay Babcock of East Moline, IL, and Michelle Deroo of Miami, FL; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Terry and Concheeta Otting of Otter Creek, IA; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents, and his father Donald Alan on November 15, 2013.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Jay Alan Bartell memorial fund has been established.

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Rick Wyffels wrote on Feb 18, 2019:

" Rick Wyffels To Debbie and Jay's family. I have known Jay since he was a baby. He was a quiet young man. He was a great son, a loving family man and an amazing hard worker. Kathy and I are sorry that we couldn't get to the visitation. You have our sincere condolences."

Laura Bies wrote on Feb 13, 2019:

"My thoughts and prayers to you, Jenny, and all of your family on this deep loss. May God grant you peace in this difficult time. Laura Bies (McGraw-Hill)"

Paul L Dague wrote on Feb 12, 2019:

"Jennifer, I truly wished to be at the visitation but the weather was against me. All I can offer is for you to cherish the time you had together - Paul Dague"

Betty Perion wrote on Feb 12, 2019:

"My deepest sympathy to you Jen and the kids. I pray that God gives you comfort at this trying time and his strength for the days to come. Retired co-worker, Betty Perion Eternal rest grant unto him oh lord, and perpetual light shine upon him. Amen. "

Laura Noonan wrote on Feb 12, 2019:

"Jennifer, Jared & Justine, So very sorry for your loss. Many fond memories from our Bernard Elementary days. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Jason, Laura, Nolan, Aidan & Claudia Noonan "

Pam Gregorich wrote on Feb 12, 2019:

"Jenny, John and I were we saddened to hear of Jay?s passing. A lot of fond memories from Monastery little league baseball. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids. John and Pam Gregorich "

Jeanne Kringle wrote on Feb 11, 2019:

"Jenny and family, Our deepest sympathy to all of you in this difficult time. We are thinking of you. John, Jeanne and Andrew Kringle"

John and Beth Miller wrote on Feb 11, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss!!! You all are in our thoughts..."

Concheeta, and Terry Otting wrote on Feb 11, 2019:

"The annual 4th of July Flotilla on the lake is a very special memory. Jay made a detachable dock that was complete with 4 park benches and electric motors that took us to the best viewing site on the lake for the fireworks. It was his special way to honor Jenny for her birthday. We will miss his thoughtfulness and playful wit. He is deeply loved. "

Ashley & Justin Cashman wrote on Feb 10, 2019:

"Jay was the best neighbor and friend we could have asked for when we moved into our home 3 years ago. He always had a smile on his face and was good for a laugh. He was always there with kinds words or to lend a hand when we needed it. He will be deeply missed by everyone as he had a smile that lit up the room no matter where he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. "

Kathy wrote on Feb 10, 2019:

"My deepest sympathy to your family. Jay and I grew up in the same neighborhood and went to school together, was always a nice guy, I'll keep your family in my prayers "

Teresa wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Going through old photos tonight made me realize how much you were and are still a part of me, the best of times growing up..and like my sister said today, the brother we never had. I will miss you, Jaybird. -your bratty little cousin"

Rita Scott wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Great memories of Jay and his loving spirit, as one of the neighborhood gang he spent many hours at our house. Love and prayers for all the family. The Scott's John, Rita, Wyatt, Lisa and Kim."

Susan kallman wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Fond memories of Jay on 4th street. So sorry for your loss Debbie. Susan and Tom Kallman. "

Marcie Davis wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Jay was part of our neighborhood gang I Moline. He was such a great friend! He may have been soft spoken but he knew how to have fun. I am sorry for your loss. Marcie Larson Davis"

Tom and Mary Takes wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Jenny and family, so sorry for your loss. Tom and Mary Takes "

Tina Flury wrote on Feb 8, 2019:

"For Jay and his family....I am sorry for your loss."

Patti Dague wrote on Feb 8, 2019:

"Jennifer Jared Justine and family Thinking of you with prayers and kind thoughts Patti Dague & family"