Robert P. Bartels |

Robert P. Bartels

Robert P. Bartels of Glenwood Springs died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 68.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11, at the home of Judy Bartels, 342 Park Drive in Glenwood Springs. A second memorial will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15, in San Jose, Calif. Details will be announced.

Mr. Bartels was born Oct. 7, 1935, in Harwood Mines, Pa., to Mary Wingate and Frederick Wilhelm Bartels. He graduated from Campbell High School in Campbell, Calif., and San Jose State College in San Jose, Calif. He attended Harvard University School of Business.

He served for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served for three of those years as the head officer for the rifle range at El Toro Marine Corps Base at Santa Ana, Calif. He retired from the military with the rank of captain.

He married Judy Coen on Aug. 11, 1956.

Mr. Bartels worked for 34 years for International Paper Co. During the last 12 years, he was the international manager of the Bleached Board Division and traveled extensively all over the world.

During this time, he moved from California and lived in Palatine, Ill., from 1967-72, in Rowayton, Conn., from 1972-86, and Lakeland, Tenn., from 1986-93. After retirement, he and his wife spent seven years in Prescott, Ariz., and then moved to Glenwood Springs in 2000.

While in Prescott, Mr. Bartels volunteered as a big brother for eight years with the same boy through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

He was the kind of person to always greet you at the door to welcome you. He made friends with people everywhere he went, from local store clerks to business associates from around the world. He always loved children and dogs, especially his grandsons Paul and Dawson and their dog Coulter, who gave him much pleasure in the last years.

He loved refinishing antiques, taking his kids fishing, barbecuing, playing golf, searching for treasures at flea markets and thrift stores, dancing, good music and a good game of pool.

Mr. Bartels is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Bartels of Glenwood Springs; by his mother and stepfather, Mary and Edward Jensen of Santa Clara, Calif.; by a son, Rob Bartels of Branford, Conn.; by a daughter, Laura Struempler of Basalt; by grandsons Paul and Dawson Struempler of Basalt; by sisters Phyllis Burns of Sun City West, Ariz., and Janice Newburn of San Jose, Calif.; and by eight nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 761 Rood Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501.

Farnum Holt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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