TRAVERSE CITY — John Richard “Chick” Bartone, M.D., 85, of Old Mission, passed away at his home Monday, June 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
John was born on March 30, 1928, to Giovanni and Maria (Marano) Bartone, of Conneaut, Ohio. He was the youngest in a family of six children; in adulthood he would go on to father six boys of his own.
After completing high school John joined the army. He honorably served in the United States Army’s 11th Airborne Occupational Force in Japan.
After the service he matriculated at John Carroll University in Cleveland before entering medical school at Loyola University in Chicago, graduating in 1948.
While completing his residency in neurosurgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit he met and eventually married Sharon Jane Balliet. The couple married on May 16, 1959, at St. Agnes Church in Detroit. After completing residency they moved to Northern California . In short order however, they returned to the Midwest to be near family and to enjoy the region’s seasons.
John moved his practice to Traverse City and became Northern Michigan’s first neurosurgeon (at the start his practice covered the U.P. and the Lower Peninsula north of Saginaw). He also served as one of the area’s first intensive care physicians, practicing at Munson Medical Center from 1963 until 1994.
In addition to his medical vocation John spent many happy hours gardening and landscaping and persevered, through thick and thin, as a Lions and Tigers fan.
He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Old Mission for over 40 years. His passion for the performing arts resulted in unfailing patronage of the Interlochen Center for the Arts over several decades. He also supported the Dennos Museum and the restorations of Lars Hockstad Auditorium and the State Theatre.
John is survived by his wife, Sharon Jane Bartone, of Traverse City; their sons, Jeffrey Bartone, of Olympia, Wash., Dana (Maggie) Bartone, of Bath, Maine, John (Andrea) Bartone, of Buena Vista, Colo., Adam (Christy) Bartone, of Grandville, Matthew (Leslie) Bartone, of Redwood City, Calif., and Joshua (Amanda) Bartone, of Tahoe City, Calif.; and grandchildren, Tesla, Ezrah, Xander, Nicco, Anthony, Gianni and Soren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Anthony, Susan, Alfred, Henry and Emil.
At Dr. Bartone’s request, cremation has taken place. No formal service will be held.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684 (www.munsonhealthcare.org/foundation ) or your local hospice.
You may share your memories of John as well as condolences to the family by visiting his tribute page at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.