THOMAS L. BARTLEY|
World War II
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
World War II veteran Thomas L. Bartley, 73, died Wednesday, August 2, 1995 at his home near Sand Springs. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 5, at the Brahma Acres Bible Church in Sand Springs.
Mr. Bartley was born May 17, 1922, in Pyett, Ark., the son of Alex J. I. And Mary (Shaw) Battley. At an early age, he moved with his family to the Old Keystone area where he attended Tanglewood, Fisher and Leroy schools. He worked for many years with his family raising cattle and farming in the Keystone area.
He was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations, where he flew 31 missions alongside his twin brother, Fount, in the 44th Bomber Group. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three oakleaf clusters and the E.T.O. ribbon with three battle stars for the European, Normandy and Italian campaigns. Upon his discharge, he returned to Oklahoma where he married Norma Lee Mills on April 25, 1947, at Sapulpa, Ok.
Mr. Bartley began working for the Armco Steel Corporations in 1947, where he worked primarily in the steel-finishing mill, retiring in 1971. He was a former shop steward for the United Steel Workers Union, Local No. 2741.
A charter member of the Brahma Acres Bible Church of Sand Springs, he especially enjoyed his church. His hobbies included many outdoor activities including gardening and farming, and he spent many hours working as a mechanic on all types of engines.
His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Norma of the home; two sons, Kenneth Bartley and Glenn Bartley, both of Sand Springs; one daughter, Cheryl Sikes of Overland Park, Kansas; three brothers, Ray, Fount, and Vernon Bartley, all of Sand Springs; one sister, Vinita Comer of Cleveland; and six grandchildren.
The Rev. Edward Zickefoose and the Rev. Willard Studebaker officiated during the services. Burial was at Sinnett Cemetery under the direction of Chapman-Black Funeral Home, Inc., of Cleveland.