An old Marine fought his final battle with courage early Friday morning, June 11, 2021, at his residence, and surrendered to his Lord. James A. Bartley, 79, of West Monterey, Parker, Pa. answered the final roll call at his residence surrounded by loving family members.
Born in Perry Twp., Clarion Co. at the home (Ikeytown) near his present residence, on February 24, 1942, he was the son of the late Arthur (Jr.) and Mamie Clark Bartley.
He was married to his high school sweetheart, the former Bonnie M. Bobbert, who survives.
Jim was a heavy equipment operator and mechanic most of his adult life.
He was employed by Glacial Minerals, Ancient Sun Co., and Energy Resources of Brockway from where he retired due to health reasons.
Jim quietly and proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps from April 1959 to April of 1963. Discharged with the rank of Corporal (E-4), he participated in operations in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
He was a Life Member of VFW Post 7073 of Parker and the American Legion of Brady’s Bend.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one son Jamie (Leigh) Bartley of Grove City and four daughters: Deborah (Bob) Zaborney of Tennessee, Doreen (William) Bowman of West Monterey, Diane Bartley of Erie, and Denise Bartley at home in West Monterey; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two sisters: Kate (Terry) Kinney of Parker and Sarah (Rod) Hopper of Foxburg; two brothers: Donald (Marsha) Bartley and Thomas (Shelly) Bartley, all of Parker, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded by siblings Ellen Galena, Carol Bartley, Edward, Jerry, David and Larry Bartley, as well was one grandson William J. Smith, Jr.
Per Jim’s longtime request, there shall be no visitation (believed folks should visit while one is alive) nor funeral service or military honors.
Professional services for the family are being completed by H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home of Parker.
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