Charles "Chick" Bartlett, founder of Hobby Town, a local hobby store that his successors turned into a national franchise, died in Laguna Woods, Calif., on Jan. 2. A native of Lincoln, Bartlett served in Europe in World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944.
He opened Lincoln Hobby Supply in 1946 and Hobby Town in 1958. Bartlett retired in 1980 and sold the business to Thom Walla and Merl and Mary Hayes. They began franchising the store in 1985, and now there are 154 stores in 40 states. In 1982, Bartlett opened The Stamp and Coin Gallery in the National Bank of Commerce.
He and his wife, Betty, moved to California in 1992. He is survived by wife; four daughters; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Arnold Bartlett; and three sisters, Dorothy Beard, Donna Zieman and Daisy Knight.