Bart Babcock

Bart Babcock

Tuesday, July 9th, 1940 - Thursday, June 4th, 2020
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William Bartrem Babcock

79, of Fort Gratiot, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Port Huron, Michigan on July 9, 1940, son of the late Wendell and Betty (Bradbeer) Babcock.

William married Patricia Hutchings on September 12, 1959, at Grace Episcopal Church in Port Huron.

Bart graduated from Yale High School in 1958 and was an active member and usher at Lakeport Wesleyan Church. He was a long time farmer of various crops, beef and was a feed salesman for Swift Feeds. Bart was an avid deer and turkey hunter and liked playing cards. He was a passionate member of the NSSA, a Civil War reenactment group. Bart enjoyed coaching street hockey and girls softball teams, and he also played for the Cincinnati Reds farm baseball team. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife Patricia of 61 years are his children, Brenda Babcock of Fort Gratiot, Kimberly (Robert) Maskell of Fort Gratiot, Kristen Babcock of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Jennifer (Brent) Burgess of Croswell; grandchildren, Andrew Babcock, Kristyn Currier, Jamen Burgess, Jordyn Whetsel, and Paige Burgess; great-grandchildren, Auddi Handley, and Xavier Currier; sister, Betty Lou Ramsey of Virginia; nieces and nephews, Karen Carey-Kimble, Julie Ramsey-Russell, Cheryl Hutchings, Doug (Kelly) Hutchings, and Scott (Christina) Hutchings.

Pallbearers will be Brent Burgess, Andrew Babcock, Jamen Burgess, Bob Maskell, Dave Miller, and Hank Savalle. Honorary pallbearers will be Elroy Rix, Steve Howard, and Carl Balla.

He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Dave Ramsey and Ronald Hutchings; nephew, Chris Ramsey; and mother-in-law, Lillian Hutchings.

Interment and graveside services will be held on Monday, June 8, 2020, at Burtchville Township Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Drew Mills of Lakeport Wesleyan Church will officiate. Arrangements were entrusted to Smith Family Funeral Home of Port Huron.

Memorials are suggested to Lakeport Wesleyan Church or to the donors choice of charities.

Arrangements were provided by Smith Family Funeral Home of Port Huron.

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  • Service

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Burtchville Township Cemetery
    4000 Burtch Rd
    Burtchville, Michigan 48059
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  • Interment

    Monday, June 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Burtchville Township
    4000 Burtch Rd
    Burtchville Township, Michigan 48059
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Michelle Behrman

Posted at 07:06am
I recently was thinking of all of you and the lake cottage so googled and found Barts recent obituary. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Bart was such a loving father. I remember sleeping over, we couldn’t have been very quiet, and he would be up before the sun to head to the farm. Great memories of all of you. I would love to visit some time to express my condolences in person on behalf of my dad, Gary, and myself. My mobile is 248-561-8899. Michelle Dotson Behrman

Marty McNabb

Posted at 09:06am
To Pat & The Girls,
I'm sorry to hear the news of Bart's recent passing. So many great memories with your wonderful family. I send my sincere condolences to the entire family and you will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Hold onto the great memories and you will find comfort knowing that you were loved by a great man. RIP Bart, you will be missed.
- Marty McNabb

Ed Tinsley

Posted at 10:05pm
So sorry to hear of Your loss. I often think about Bart, and the fun we had Duck Hunting on Saginaw Bay. I have a lot of good memories With Bart.....Hang in there Pat..........Ed Tinsley

Chantal and Norm Bois

Posted at 09:44am
To Pat and family,
Our deepest condoléances. We lost a good friend, a tall man with a soft voice, always happy, with who we shared many stories, experiences , played cards and shared many meals. From your Canadian friends, Chantal & Norm ❤️❤️

Don and Jean

Posted at 10:32pm
Hi Pat,
We're so sorry to read about Bart's passing. I hope God will comfort you and your family and know that we are praying for you. Since my great grandmother was a Babcock, it seems to even be closer to have known you folks. May God bless you all and let you find peace during this time .
Love you,
Don and Jean Perry

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