Bruce Loren Bartlett Sr., 76, of Richmond, died Thursday Sept. 22, 2011, at North Kansas City Hospital after an extended illness.
A celebration of life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond with Pastor John Johnson officiating. Inurnment will be held at Sunny Slope Cemetery at a later date. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Donations in his memory may be made to United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond or Legion Post 237.
Born Feb. 6, 1935, he was the son of the late Fannie Noss Bartlett and James E. Bartlett of Ramona, Okla. He was married to Jane Redwine Bartlett for 56 years, who survives of the home. He was an avid Civil War enthusiast, known in Civil War circles as The Galvanized Confederate. Over the past 30 years he has spoken to many civic and children's groups about his hobby. He wrote several articles on metal detecting and the Civil War that were published in national Civil War and treasure magazines. He was also an accomplished wood carver who gave generously of his art to nonprofit groups for fundraising efforts. Bruce was a Korean War veteran reaching the rank of Technical Sergeant, Senior Parachutist with the Pathfinders in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a member of the Richmond American Legion Post 327, serving as bugler on the honor guard team. Bruce's hobbies included trout and bass fishing, bow hunting and photography. He and his wife traveled following his retirement and returned to Richmond to make their home. He was member of United Christian Presbyterian Church in Richmond. He was a lineman, foreman and serviceman for Missouri Public Service. He was later a manger for Missouri Public Service in Trenton, and area supervisor for Missouri Public Service in Marshall where he retired in 1995. Upon retirement Bruce attended the University of Missouri Law Enforcement Academy, graduating in the fall of 1995. He served as Saline County Sheriff's Deputy and a police officer for the City of Marshall for five years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Bruce Loren Bartlett Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Loves Park, Ill., Melanie Gill and her husband, John, of Kansas City; grandchildren, Andrew Carroll Gill, Emily Karr and her husband, Grant, Amy Couch and her husband, Joe, and daughter Audrey; Kristen Hower and daughter, Mayia; his adopted in love daughters, Rene Boland and her husband, David, and grandsons, Brent and Austin Boland and Robert Boland, and Tina Montgomery; and their Rotary Foreign Exchange Student, living with them for several years, Sayuri Domoto Clement.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, "Buddy" Carroll James Bartlett, who died in 1984; brothers Jim and Marvin, and sister Barbara.
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