Ronald Abbott Bartelt
  • 68 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 4, 1948
  • Place of birth:
    District of Columbia, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 20, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Chesterfield, Virginia, United States
Ron loved the Lord, his family and friends, The Farm and playing music.

He was born in Washington, D. C. on August 4, 1948 to John and Katherine Bartelt. Ron graduated from The Bullis School in 1966 and went on to Virginia Polytechnic Institute from which he graduated in 1971.  He then started his career as an accountant in Arlington, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roger. Ron is survived by his wife Becky; their children and spouses, Cory and Chan Bartelt, and Tyler and Crystal Bartelt. They in turn blessed him with 4 grandchildren, Charlotte and Coen, and Cooper and Lily. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard (Mary) and Robert (Sally) and his sister-in-law, Ardith Bartelt. Also by his neices and nephew Jeannice Lesko (Russ), Celeste Minar (Eric), Doug Bartelt (Michelle) and Denise Whipple (Seth).

Ron had many interests.  He loved playing guitar. He took a few lessons but was mostly self taught.  In the "His Life" tab on this website, are his liner notes from a collection of CDs he put together a few years ago.  He was so happy when he was inducted into the New York State Country Music Hall of Honor in October 2014. 

While in college, Ron was a member of several bands and he joined a fraturnity.  The fraturnity went national in 1972.  He was an Inaugual member of Theta Xi Fraturnity at VaTech on April 8, 1972. He became involved in the allumi association of Theta Xi and volunteered his time to help in many ways.  He loved getting together with other allumni, talking about the good times in the past and what the future would hold for the fraturnity.

In 1981-1982, Ron was chosen to be the Sertoman of the Year.  He earned a gold coat when he was president of the Alexandria Sertoma Club.

Ron joined First Baptist Church on April 28, 1985.  The Lord was very important in Ron's life.  He went on to become a deacon in the church and was active in the sound and music team while attending there.  He read the Bible through many times.  He would tell others when he got to heaven and God asked; Well son, did you read my book, he could say yes.

There will be memorial service for Ron at Bennett Funeral Home, 14301 Ashbrook Parkway, Chesterfield, VA 23832.  It is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at 2pm.  After the service, we will have a reception at our home.


There will be a memorial service for Ron at Tully United Community Church on July 8th at 2:00pm.  Burial in Tully Cemetary will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either:

Tully Rotary Club
P.O. Box 583
Tully, NY   13159

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
West 46th Street & 12th Ave
New York, NY   10036


Please browse through this site and add pictures and stories.  I think mp3 can be uploaded as well.   

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Robert Bartelt on 4th August 2017

"I am currently on the FARM and am surrounded by Ron's love of the Farm.
He has left a legacy to his children.
The Farm is a true healing place.
His memory will live on.
Brother Robert"

This tribute was added by Jack Spooner on 5th December 2016

"I first met Ron in 1970 when he pledged our fraternity (TBU) at VT.  We became fast friends.  We played bridge together, enjoyed music together, did winter camping together, and partied together (both at the frat house at Tech and at the Christmas parties he and Becky hosted in Northern VA).  He was a good friend and I already miss him greatly."

This tribute was added by Ardith Bartelt on 5th December 2016

"We have lost a beautiful Ray of Sunshine.  He always lived up to being
my "kid brother."  He was there when I needed him when his brother, Roger, died and visited me when I returned to Michigan.  I treasure the times I spent with him here and all the calls we exchanged over the years.  I already miss those calls.
Loved him dearly.
Ardi Bartelt, his first sister."

This tribute was added by bill putzer on 30th November 2016

"Ron and I got  to know each other seventeen years ago when I started working for him fixing up his farmhouse. I always loved Ron's big "to do list." I would set up Ron's portable chair so he could sit and talk to us when we worked. He would tell us stories for hours.Ron always had great stories to tell about his family and the farm. Ron would have me climb over the barn attic to find old boards his great grandfather had put there one hundred years ago. We would laugh and laugh over what he was going to do with the old boards. I always tried to make Ron happy because I knew how much he loved the farm house. I will miss my dear friend Ron. He was such a happy go lucky ,kind person who never complained. I was so blessed to have had his friendship. Him and the farm house he loved so much will never be forgotten.
Bill Putzer"

This tribute was added by Sue Hicks on 29th November 2016

"Gonna miss our family music man!  He was always willing and able to share his wonderful talent."

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Edwards on 28th November 2016

"Becky and Family, What a beautiful display of stories, pictures and music about your dear Ron! Hugs to you my friend, and know you are in my prayers. God's comfort and peace to you."

This tribute was added by Tyler Bartelt on 28th November 2016

"A great dad I love you."

This tribute was added by Janet Wallace on 27th November 2016

"Becky I am so sorry that you have lost your beloved husband. May God be with you and your family through this difficult time. Janet Wright Wallace"

This tribute was added by Richard Bartelt on 26th November 2016

"Ron is my Kid Brother; I loved him dearly, and I will miss him."

This tribute was added by Leila Lindsley on 23rd November 2016

"I am so blessed to have met Ron and listened to his music;  He will be greatly missed.  Sending prayers for you and the family."

This tribute was added by Eileen Murphy on 23rd November 2016

"I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing.  We became good friends in the early 60's through my cousin Mary Carmen (Coghlan) and her husband, Rich Bartelt.  I remember his Bullis days and his band, Something New.  Fond memories of days gone by."

This tribute was added by Christine Gloninger on 23rd November 2016

"Becky- I am so sorry to read this! God bless all your family as you heal from this loss!  I hope you know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers!"

This tribute was added by Noel West on 23rd November 2016

"I have been your and Ron’s friend since Tech back in the 60s, over 45 years. There is no way I can express how saddened I am for you at the loss of Ron. It is a sad day for all of us that have known and loved both of you."

This tribute was added by cory bartelt on 23rd November 2016

"love you dad"

This tribute was added by Judy Lawlor on 22nd November 2016

"Just wanted you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Rebecca Bartelt on 22nd November 2016

"Ron and I met on a blind date in which we doubled with another couple, my friend Viv and her date Mike.  We went to Radford to view the movie Romeo and Juliette."

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Rebecca Bartelt
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