AFSA Past Presidents by Year
We honor... Victor F. Bartholomew | Tarpon Springs Florida passed away on Monday the 10th of August 2020.
Victor was born December 1932 in Bethlehem Pennsylvania 3rd son of Raymond and Margret (Resh) Bartholomew. Mr. Bartholomew was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Phyllis Bartholomew (Wolf). He is survived by two daughters Donna (Edward) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Lori (James) Theodore Alabama. Son Ronald (Corrine) Boyertown Pennsylvania. 7 grandchildren: Katrina, Michael, Tara, Andrew, Nicole, Angela, and Danielle, 5 Great Grandchildren: Jessica, Nathan, Haley, and Kaylynn, Rhys, and Jaxon. Surviving siblings are brothers Kermit & Raymond. He was predeceased by brothers Walter, Richard, William, and sister Peggy Ann.
A veteran of the United States Air Force enlisting after graduating from William Allen High School Allentown PA. he served his country with honor for over 29 years retiring as a Senior Master Sargent. Throughout his Air Force career, he was stationed in Massachusetts, Johnston Island, Iceland, Alexandria Virginia, New York, Japan, Thailand, British Columbia, Canada. Texas, Ohio, and Kansas and he served during the Korean and Vietnam wars and peacetime.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force, Victor worked for the Wichita Kansas School Board in the Computer department for 10 years until retiring a second time. During this time, he became incredibly involved in POW/MIA, Project Quest and made many speeches at events, participated in parades, as he worked with others to bring back our POW/MIA troops from foreign lands. He often traveled to attend and testify at state and national legislative hearings. Victor also got involved with the Air Force Sergeants Association, where he held local and national positions, he ultimately served on the Board and was elected as AFSA International President. During this time Victor was involved in the establishment of the Air Force Memorial. He was always proud of his Air Force!
Upon retiring from the school system, Victor and Phyllis sold their home in Derby, Kansas put their belongings in storage, and became full time RV’ers. Through the years they made it to every state in the continental US and most of the Canadian Provinces. The loved exploring all the national parks and monuments, visiting family and friends. They always wintered in Florida during one of their winter stops in Florida they met some old friends from High School and liked the 55 and older park they decided to put down roots in Tarpon Springs. They got involved with and enjoyed all the activities in the park: dinners, picnics, music, golfing, and travel with the park residents.