Robert P. Bartels |

Robert P. Bartels

Robert P. Bartels, 68, of Glenwood Springs, died on Jan. 3 at the Veteran’s Association Nursing Home in Rifle. He had Alzheimer’s disease.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy Bartels; his son, Rob Bartels of Branford, Conn.; his daughter, Laura Struempler of Basalt; and two grandsons, Paul and Dawson Struempler.

Also, he is survived by his mother, Maly Jensen; stepfather, Edward Jensen, both of Santa Clara, Calif.; two sisters, Phyllis Burns of Sun City West, Ariz.; and Janice Newburn of San Jose, Calif.; and eight nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bartels was born in Harwood Mines, Pa. He graduated from Campbell High School in Campbell, Calif., and San Jose State College in San Jose, Calif. He also attended Harvard University School of Business.

Mr. Bartels served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years, retiring as captain. For three years he was at the El Toro Marine Corps Base in Santa Ana, Calif., as the head officer at the rifle range.

He worked for International Paper Co. for 34 years. During the past 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 to 1972, in Rowayton, Conn., from 1972 to 1986, and Lakeland, Tenn., from 1986 to 1993. After retiring he and his wife spent seven years in Prescott, Ariz., and then moved to Glenwood Springs in 2000.

Mr. Bartels was a Big Brother for eight years with the same boy in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in Prescott. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

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 all gave him much pleasure in the last years. During his life, 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.

There will be a memorial service at the home of Judy Bartels, 342 Park Drive, Glenwood Springs, on Sunday at 2 p.m. There will be a second memorial in the San Jose, Calif., area on Sunday, Feb. 15. Details will be announced at a later date.

The family requests any donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 761 Rood Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81501.


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