Clarence “Butch” John Bartman Jr., 90

Clarence “Butch” John Bartman Jr., 90, husband of Joan (Egolf) Bartman, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, October 28, 2022, at Keystone Villa.

Born in Stowe, he was the son of the late Clarence Bartman Sr. and Anna (Gofus) Bartman.

Butch proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War where he served on a Destroyer. He later graduated from West Virginia Weselyan college in 1960 with a degree in teaching. Butch taught and coached for over 30 years at Pottsgrove High School. After retirement he worked for over 26 years at Catagnus Funeral Home. He and his wife were avid golfers and enjoyed many golf trips with their friends. Butch was an accomplished horseman and a life member of the Elks Club.

Surviving along with his wife Joan of 63 years, are his daughters Kelli Brown, wife of Dan; and Kristi Gilbert, wife of Scott; grandchildren Daniel Brown, companion of Mattilynn Gartner, Alexandra Mazzola, wife of David, Mitchell Gilbert, companion of Leann Triplicata, and Karli Gilbert, Fiancée of Michael Sedor; and great granddaughter Talia Mazzola.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, November 4, 2022, at 1:00PM at St. John’s Greek Catholic Cemetery (located on N. Hanover St., Pottstown, PA 19464) with Rev. Joe Dietz officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation ( in Butch’s name.

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On behalf of the Schafer family, our sympathies to the Bartmans. Butch and our dad, Ron Schafer, taught together at Pottsgrove High for years! There was an early morning coffee and newspaper group - Butch, Barbara Drauschak, Addison Davidson, and our dad in the library. There might have been others who dropped by. They solved the school's and the world's problems and caught up on gossip! Makes us smile still! David Schafer, Westminster, MD

~ The Schafer Family Westminster, MD
11/8/2022 10:44:46 AM

My condolences to family great person
Wayne Mickletz
Class of 1966

~ wayne mickletz
11/8/2022 10:34:12 AM

So many great memories of Coach Bartman and attending all of the Pottsgrove football games with Joan, Kelli, and Kristi. We were just talking about how nice it was to see Mr Bartman at my father's memorial. The Harclerode family thought very highly of Butch Bartman. My sincerest condolences to his family.

~ Connie Harclerode
11/8/2022 9:48:13 AM

I taught and coached with Butch at Pottsgrove as he was heading toward retirement. He is a great man and I am beyond grateful for his mentorship and friendship. Praying for peace and strength for his family.

~ James Michael Algeo Royersford, PA
11/8/2022 9:11:34 AM

A true gentleman and wonderful human being how lucky Don our sons and myself were to have crossed paths with Butch..
He truly made a difference

~ Dj Testa
11/4/2022 11:46:01 AM

All my dear sympathy to my Aunt and 2 cousins and all of the family. Uncle Butch was quite the character,fun-loving,football enthusiaist,golfer. He was a wonderful man!! XXOO

~ Dianne Diehl Perkiomenville, PA
11/4/2022 10:31:40 AM

So sorry for your loss. Butch was a wonderful man! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Karen Youse
11/1/2022 3:18:07 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to Coach’s family. One of Pottsgrove’s finest teachers and coaches for thirty years. His legacy of genuine care for those who he came in contact will not be forgotten. Our payers are with the entire Bartman family.

~ Gary DeRenzo
10/31/2022 9:14:56 AM