William E. Bartholomew, 81, entered the presence of his Saviour on March 17, 2021. Born in 1939 to Orlena and Harold Bartholomew, he was reared in Gary and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business. After graduation, he took a job in California and there met Marvella, the love of his life, who became his wife several years later. He was a CPA, worked in Chicago and Valparaiso as an accountant, and was employed by Samuel C. Ennis Enterprises in Hammond for most of his career. For many years during tax season, he prepared tax returns for family and friends.

Bill had a lifelong love of numbers and faithfully maintained detailed records both at work and at home. He liked John Wayne movies, popcorn, and French silk pie. He loved food, so cooking for him was a very easy task. Although mowing their large lawn was not his favorite task, Bill did it faithfully, riding the lawn mower many days after work and on Saturdays and taking pride in maintaining their property.

He was treasurer at Faith Baptist Church in Hebron for many years, later joining Bethel Church in Crown Point, and then South Lake Church of the Nazarene in Crown Point for 28 years. In retirement, he spent many hours as a volunteer at Methodist Hospital for 7 years and then was a greeter at Wal-Mart for 9 years. He enjoyed good health until the last several years when Parkinson’s Disease took its toll and was ill only 4 weeks before his promotion to heaven.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years Marvella, son Doug of Fort Wayne, daughter Ruth (David) Kimmel doing missionary work in Romania, granddaughters Sierra, Celeste, and Amber, and great-granddaughter Summer. He is also survived by his brother Art (Marlene) Bartholomew, sister Dolores Wible, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother Orlena Moreno Swider and father Harold Bartholomew.

A memorial service will be held in October. His body was donated to Indiana University School of Medicine Anatomical Education Program.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Answers in Genesis https://answersingenesis.org/donate/ or to Baptist Mid-Missions (bmm.org) designated for the ministry of David & Ruth Kimmel.