Robert Lynn Bartley, 84, of Royal Oak since 1957, and formerly of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ravenswood, W Va., and Washington, Pa., died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit. He was born May 7, 1923, in Ravenswood. Mr. Bartley graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and then received two master's degrees in education from the University of North Carolina and Wayne State University. He retired from Highland Park High School in 1981 after 25 years of service. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II where he received the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart and a World War II Victory Medal. He was an avid historian and genealogist. He loved to read and would say, "Once a teacher, always a teacher." He also was a patient advocate for nursing home patients at the VA hospital. Mr. Bartley was predeceased by brothers, John E. Bartley and Stephen W Bartley. He is survived by his children, Lynn E. (Robert) Green of Royal Oak, Anthony E. Bartley of Sterling Heights, and David S. (Lisa) Bartley of Clawson; sister, Helen Bartley-Crunick of Washington, Pa; and grandchildren, Derek and Adam Bartley and Bobby Green. Visitation, 3-9 p.m. Thursday at Wm. Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. 11 Mile, Royal Oak; services, 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Elizabeth A. Hill officiating; burial, 1 p.m. Sunday at Ravenswood Cemetery in Ravenswood, W Va.; memorials, Salvation Army — Planned-Major Gifts Department, 16130 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075; www.sullivanfuneraldirectors.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on Aug. 15, 2007.
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