Robert (Bob) Edward Bartell Jr. of Orovada, Nevada passed away September 23, 2017 at Humboldt General Hospital, Humboldt County, Nevada.
Bob was born April 10th 1935 in Redding, California. Bob grew up living on his mother’s family ranch; W.H. Hunt Estate in Oak Run, California, and Bieber, California. Through high school and after he graduated, Bob worked for W.H. Hunt Estate.
He enjoyed showing his prized Hereford Cattle, through Bieber 4H Club and later at various fairs and bull sales. In 1953 Bob graduated valedictorian of Bieber High School.
September Sept 13, 1958 Bob married his wife Darla, who was the valedictorian of Adin High School. They were married 59 years until his death.
In 1973 Bob and Darla set out on their own and bought a small ranch in Langell Valley, Oregon. They sold this ranch and increased the size of their property by buying another ranch in Sprague River, Oregon.
They were in Sprague River for 30 years, until they sold that ranch and bought a larger ranch in Orovada, Nevada.
Throughout the years Bob was president of the Fall River Big Valley Cattlemen’s Association, and the Klamath County Cattlemen’s association.
Bob was also active in the Willow Creek Roping Club. Bob was known as a good, honest man. Bob knew that success in life comes from hard work, especially if you are a rancher.
Before the advent of the ATV, every spring and summer Bob would start out at 5 am with his hip boots on and hike for miles with his shovel slung over his shoulder changing irrigation water, get back home, work all day then, put on his hip boots and do it all again until dark.
Bob was known for his proficiency with mathematics and his ability do complex calculations in his head. While everyone else was scratching their heads, feverishly punching buttons on a calculator; Bob would figure it all out in his head in half the time.
Even as Bob’s age began catching up with him, he was always out asking everyone else how he could help out on the ranch. Bob always wanted to make himself useful, and to help any way he could, no matter what his age.
He loved taking care of animals; his final day on the ranch was spent pitching hay to the horses and filling water troughs, before the massive stroke that claimed his life.
Bob was very proud of his herd of registered Hereford Cattle. Bob enjoyed being a Klamath County 4H leader, going to bull sales, reading and being around his two grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Robert Bartell Sr. and Hattie (Hunt) Bartell.
Bob is survived by his wife Darla, his son Edward (and Brenda) Bartell of Orovada, NV, grandchildren Douglas and Isabella Bartell, his sister Shirley Goodyear of Blackfoot ID, and his brother George (and Judy) Bartell of Palo Cedro, CA.
Graveside services will be held Saturday Oct 7th at 2:00pm, at the Orovada Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held Oct 21, 1:00 PM in Adin California, at the Adin Community Hall.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Orovada Events and Recreation PO Box 12 Orovada, NV 89425, or the charity of your choice.