Edward Bartley, 74, of Bucyrus, Ohio, and a winter resident of Lehigh Acres, died Friday, July 27, 2012, at his home in Ohio after a brief battle with cancer. He was born July 7, 1938, in Ash Camp, Ky., to the late Webster and Lola (Ratliff) Bartley.
He graduated from Edison (Ohio) High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1956-62 in Panama, Cuba, the Mediterranean and aboard the USS Eaton.
Those who knew him knew he was passionate for the game of golf and the stretches of land on which it is played. He worked as a greens keeper for a number of courses over his lifetime, namely Pine Lakes, New Winchester and, most recently, Bucyrus. He was a longtime member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and assisted course owners and attendants everywhere he lived when needed.
He met Pat Panas when she asked him for help with her golf game and, soon, her game improved along with their relationship. They were married June 4, 2005, and enjoyed seven years together golfing, traveling and at their winter home in Lehigh.
Prior to working in golf full time, he operated Bartley's Marathon in Mt. Gilead. He was a member of Mt. Gilead AmVets Post 87, Bucyrus Elks Lodge 156 and Moose Lodge 669, Good Hope Lutheran Church, The Golf Club of Bucyrus and Majestic Golf Club in Lehigh. He was seldom found away from the game he loved, but also enjoyed fishing, trying his luck at casinos and watching sports, especially the Ohio State Buckeyes.
He will be remembered as a gentle, easygoing person who was always willing to lend a hand.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Panas-Bartley; son, Joseph (Diane) Bartley of Winter Springs; grandchildren, Michael (Mandy) Robinson, Torri (Todd) Corwin, Nicholas Bartley and Tyrus Bartley; three great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Gus Panas and Christina Panas-Krueger, and her children, Stephanie and Christopher; and sisters, Don Retia (Gerry) Madeker and Shelby Jean (Gilbert) Stotts, both of Mount Gilead.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark; daughter, Melissa Robinson; and infant twins, Michael and Mia.
The family received friends Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Wise Funeral Service, in Bucyrus, Ohio. His funeral was held at the putting green of The Golf Club of Bucyrus, with the Rev. David Bliss officiating. Honor guards from the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 181 concluded the service with full military rites.
Memorial donations may be made to Homecare Matters Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice through the funeral home.
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