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Leslie "Les" Bartlett
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In memory of
Leslie "Les" Bartlett
Brighton - Leslie "Les" Bartlett, 87, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Inglenook Retirement Community. CO. He leaves his wife of nearly 68 years, Lois (Nuss) Bartlett; his two sons, Barry (Barbara) Bartlett and Brian (Teressa) Bartlett; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was born in Rexford, KS on June 28, 1928 to Wilbur (aka Shorty) and Zelma (Cogdill) Bartlett in Rexford, KS shortly thereafter, moving to Gill, Colorado. In his early years, Mr. Bartlett literally followed in his father's footsteps at the Gill Garage, learning everything about machinery and mechanics. He graduated from Gill High School in 1946 and met his wife, Lois Nuss. Les stated not so long ago that the moment he saw her, he knew he would marry her. They were married at her parents' home in Greeley on August 7, 1948. In 1950, he joined the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic during the Korean Conflict. Returning with his bride to Colorado, he went back to work with his father at the Gill Garage. Fatherhood arrived in 1956 with the birth of Barry along with a job offer in California, so the family moved to Bishop. Eighteen months later, the surprise birth of identical twin boys moved the family back to Colorado and the garage in Gill. Shorty had purchased "a" (singular) combine and had begun to harvest during summer months while maintaining the garage in the off months. In the 1960's Les joined his father's business venture and corporation of Bartlett Custom Combines, reaping wheat and barley from the panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and eastern Colorado, based in Roggen. He and his wife raised their sons in Roggen. True to family form, his sons learned from him as they worked for the family business. When Bartlett Custom Combines ended, Les ran his own local auto repair business. He worked hard most of his life, yet enjoyed small game hunting and fishing on occasion. He also enjoyed oil painting of nature and the family will enjoy his art for years to come. Les is survived by his wife, sons, sister Dorothy (Bartlett) Arnold of Greeley and grandchildren: Candy Bartlett of Denver, Brandon Bartlett of Spring, TX, Tyler Bartlett of Denver, Nick Bartlett of Thornton, Jamie Bartlett of Denver, Alexandra Bartlett of Spring, TX, as well as six great grandchildren Aubrey, Alec, Isaac, Annika, Logan and Peyton. Les was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Bartlett and his sister, Delores (Bartlett) Lohr of Greeley. His celebration of life is Friday, May 13, 2016 at 1:00pm at Stoddard Funeral Home.
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In memory of
Leslie "Les" Bartlett
Brighton - Leslie "Les" Bartlett, 87, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at the Inglenook Retirement Community. CO. He leaves his wife of nearly 68 years, Lois (Nuss) Bartlett; his two sons, Barry (Barbara) Bartlett and Brian (Teressa) Bartlett; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was born in Rexford, KS on June 28, 1928 to Wilbur (aka Shorty) and Zelma (Cogdill) Bartlett in Rexford, KS shortly thereafter, moving to Gill, Colorado. In his early years, Mr. Bartlett literally followed in his father's footsteps at the Gill Garage, learning everything about machinery and mechanics. He graduated from Gill High School in 1946 and met his wife, Lois Nuss. Les stated not so long ago that the moment he saw her, he knew he would marry her. They were married at her parents' home in Greeley on August 7, 1948. In 1950, he joined the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic during the Korean Conflict. Returning with his bride to Colorado, he went back to work with his father at the Gill Garage. Fatherhood arrived in 1956 with the birth of Barry along with a job offer in California, so the family moved to Bishop. Eighteen months later, the surprise birth of identical twin boys moved the family back to Colorado and the garage in Gill. Shorty had purchased "a" (singular) combine and had begun to harvest during summer months while maintaining the garage in the off months. In the 1960's Les joined his father's business venture and corporation of Bartlett Custom Combines, reaping wheat and barley from the panhandle of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and eastern Colorado, based in Roggen. He and his wife raised their sons in Roggen. True to family form, his sons learned from him as they worked for the family business. When Bartlett Custom Combines ended, Les ran his own local auto repair business. He worked hard most of his life, yet enjoyed small game hunting and fishing on occasion. He also enjoyed oil painting of nature and the family will enjoy his art for years to come. Les is survived by his wife, sons, sister Dorothy (Bartlett) Arnold of Greeley and grandchildren: Candy Bartlett of Denver, Brandon Bartlett of Spring, TX, Tyler Bartlett of Denver, Nick Bartlett of Thornton, Jamie Bartlett of Denver, Alexandra Bartlett of Spring, TX, as well as six great grandchildren Aubrey, Alec, Isaac, Annika, Logan and Peyton. Les was preceded in death by his son, Bruce Bartlett and his sister, Delores (Bartlett) Lohr of Greeley. His celebration of life is Friday, May 13, 2016 at 1:00pm at Stoddard Funeral Home.
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Greeley, CO 80634
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