Allen Roger Bartoldson, 78, of 68 Houston Ave., West Ellicott, died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in WCA Hospital.
A native of Jamestown, he was born May 8, 1935, a son of the late Fred and Eva Johansson Bartoldson.
He was a 1953 graduate of Jamestown High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-56.
Allen Roger Bartoldson
Over the last 20 years, he was employed by the Jamestown Public School System as a bus driver. Prior to that he was employed by John Hancock Insurance and from 1958-79 he and his parents owned and operated Star One Hour Cleaners.
He was a member of Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, Herman Kent Post 777 American Legion, War Vets Recreation, Vikings and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce.
An avid sportsman, he excelled in baseball and football. This led to his involvement as one of the founders of the Jamestown Midget Football League. He also enjoyed playing golf, fishing, skiing and spending time at the beach by the ocean.
He loved and was loved by his family. He adored them and they loved him unconditionally. He had the kindest, most gentle heart and his smile could light up any room.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Smith Bartoldson, whom he married Nov. 21, 1969; five children: Brian (Monica) Bartoldson of Philadelphia, Pa., Craig (Elaine) Bartoldson of Martinsburg, W.Va., Julie Bartoldson of Buffalo, N.Y., Kevin (Laurie) Schauman of Jamestown, and Scott (Erin) Schauman of Canandaigua, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren: Jennifer (Tommy) Fox, Courtney, Bradley, Megan and Brynn Schauman, Lindsay (Zach) Whited, Brian Bartoldson Jr., and Rachael, Andrew, Lauren and Mitchell Bartoldson; three great-grandchildren: Giada "Scooter" Schauman, Brianna Fox and Lochlan Whited; and a stepbrother, Chester Smith, Jr.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy Bartoldson; and stepfather, Chester J. Smith.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. William Blair of New Creation Assembly of God Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to either Jamestown High School Music Boosters or Jamestown High School Football Boosters, c/o Jamestown High School, 350 E. Second St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Allen Roger at www.lindfuneralhome.com.