Dennis Max Bartlow, 66, of Danville, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at his home.
He was born Jan. 5, 1947, in Clinton, Ind., to Max and Maxine Bartlow.
He graduated from Montezuma (Ind.) High School and Indiana State University in 1970 with a major in journalism and a minor in Latin. He spent three summers as an intern at the Commercial-News.
Upon graduation, he had to choose between a career as a teacher or a journalist. He chose journalism after the Commercial-News created a job for him as assistant state editor — and he stayed 40 years, retiring in 2010.
During those four decades, Bartlow worked in a variety of jobs as an editor and reporter, covering sports and regular news. He also coordinated the Wabash Valley News, a special section for Indiana readers, for 20 years.
After retirement, he continued to work as a correspondent for the Commercial-News, covering Indiana news.
Bartlow enjoyed writing about elections for the newspaper, and was always interested in politics. He was proud of an autograph from Richard Nixon (before he was president), who appeared at a 1965 rally for John Myers, then-candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bartlow was active at First Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir, was a session member, served on the Committee on Ministry for the Presbytery, was chairman of the Communication Ministry Team and board member for Camp Carew. He also was Presbytery commissioner, liturgist, worship leader, Chimes editor, newsletter and photographer for the Presbytery of South Eastern Illinois, former chair of Worship Ministry Team and also changed the outdoors church message board (in all kinds of weather).
Bartlow was a strong proponent of teaching Latin in schools and was an active member of the National Junior Classical League, an organization for students of Latin, on both the state and national levels. He had served 20 years on the national committee and for even longer as the Indiana JCL co-chair. In 2011, he was honored for attending his 50th national NJCL convention.
Bartlow also was interested in sports and was an avid Cubs and Indiana State University Sycamores fan. He enjoyed traveling and had friends across the country.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Jennifer (Greg) McKaufsky of Rantoul; a niece, Courtney (Brian) Hostetler of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; and a nephew, Chris Bartlow of Westfield, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edwin.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to noon EDT Friday at the Montezuma Presbyterian Church, with services there at noon. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Montezuma. Brown-Mack Funeral Home in Montezuma is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Franklin St., Danville, IL 61832.