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Robert Lee Bartels

Celebrating the Life of Robert Lee Bartels

Sunrise January 4, 1930 - Sunset March 10, 2017

Robert Lee Bartels, son of Emils Bartels and Cassie Jane Etheridge Bartels, was born in Independence, Missouri and moved to California when he was a young boy. He had one sister, Lolita Hughes preceding him in death, and one surviving sister Emily Jane Ware Darling (Sister Sue) her husband William Darling and her two sons Rodney Ware and Rick Ware with their five children and fourteen great grandchildren.

He married Darlene Bartels at age 21, the union of which lasted for 38 years. Out of that union they had Stephanie Darlene Bartels, deceased, Michael Bartels deceased and one surviving daughter Lisa Collene Bartels, along with two grandchildren Stephanie Bartels and Daniel Bartels.

He later married Carol Wilford Bartels in 1988, and gained a daughter, Nancy Wilford Abramson, as well as five grandchildren and two great grandchildren: Ashley Wilford Gray, husband Brian Gray; their two children, Stephen Robert Gray and Charlotte Madison Gray; Jacob Wilford; Jaci Abramson; Jephthah Abramson; and the youngest, Nicholas Abramson.

Robert worked in the Redwood Sawmill in Fort Bragg from 1947-1950 before seving our country in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954. After completing his service, he returned to the Sawmill until he was hired on at AT&T for ten years, working as an electrician laying cable.

After which he then moved to Bell Labs for an intermediary two years returning to AT&T as an engineer in telecommunication for another twenty eight years, retiring in 1984. Not long afterwards he decided to relocate from West Coast California to Gaithersburg, MD in 1984 and began working at Hekimian Labs/Spirent as a Senior Engineer for twenty years until finally retiring in 2004.

Robert met his present wife Carol Bartels in Gaithersburg, MD where he began Ballroom Dancing. Robert competed for twenty two years with three ladies, Ashley Gray at the Bronze Level, Lauree Hemke at Silver/Gold I level and Carol Bartels at Full Gold level and always fared well.

The grand joy in Robert's later years was tending to his property, however his true avid passion was his back yard. Until two years ago, he spent year after year pruning and perfecting his backyard bit by bit, he even went through the effort to down around two hundred or more trees. He would fall the trees, cut them up, load them on the truck, take them to the dumps and unload until the job was done. He also did all the mowing, weeding, trimming, edging enduring over the span of seventeen years, six of which he was still working full time.

"Robert you were one strong dude."

Robert was the most KINDEST, MOST SINCERE, MOST HONEST, MOST HUMBLING person I have ever known. His word was honor and always  a gentle man as well as a gentleman.

Robert you will be sorely missed; you were loved and you will always, be loved. 

Death ends a life but not a relationship

Your Love,

Carol, Ashley, Brian, Stephen, Charlotte, and family

Please do not send flowers. If you would like to donate to:

Suburban Hospital Cardiac/Kidney Units

8600 Old Georgetown Road

Bethesda, Maryland 20814

In Memory of Robert Bartels

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