In Memory

Joseph Bartylak


Joseph R. Bartylak, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.

Joseph was born in Iron Mountain, Mich., son of Joseph P. and Selma (Anderson) Bartylak. Joseph was an attorney in Illinois for 58 years. He was a prominent national leader of the legal services community. He received his law degree from Washington University School of Law in 1947 and had a private practice in Madison County until 1956. From 1948 until 1956 he served as part-time assistant state's attorney, and in 1956 was elected state's attorney for a two-year term.

From 1959 to 1968, he served as staff and managing attorney for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. From 1969 to 2003, he assumed the position of executive director for all the counties in Southern Illinois. Joseph was a founding member of Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program and served as second president and board member for 24 years. From 2004 to 2006 he worked as associate director of Downstate Illinois.

He is survived by two daughters, Connie (Bill) Clark of Ohio, Ill., and DeeDee (Tom) Galbraith of Tacoma, Wash., and one son, Michael (Cindy) Wakeland of Decatur; one stepdaughter, MiMi (Mike) Chandler of Dallas, six grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn, and one son, Joseph.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, at First Presbyterian Church of Alton, 514 Alby St.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program or Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Inc