John Henry Bartle died at the age of 79, on March 10th, 2023 in Arvada, CO. He was born to Everett E. Bartle and Elizabeth Barron Bartle on November 27th, 1943 in Sparta, WI. He had an older sister, Mary Bartle Kukal. In his childhood he played the drums, violin, baseball, and tennis. A Navy veteran, John served as LTJG munitions officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise and U.S.S. Saratoga. He was an undergraduate at Baker University and received his Masters degree from Central Missouri State University. He had a successful career in business consulting.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cathy Hardt Bartle, and two sons, Chris and Daniel. Chris is married to Lorian Bartle, with children Sylvia (5) and Carl (4). Daniel is married to Katie Bartle, with children Melody (10) and Gemma (7). His passion for travel was shared with his family, especially the love of his life Cathy, with whom he went on numerous trips. He loved nature, hiking, biking, and skiing. He hiked often in the mountains with Cathy and Chris while he and Daniel explored the underwater via their shared interest in Scuba diving. During his travels, John’s interests were keenly felt, with him documenting every moment with his camera.

John was dedicated, loving, and supportive to all members of his family. We will miss him dearly.

Donations in John’s name may be made in lieu of flowers to:


Jefferson County Open Space

700 Jefferson County Parkway Ste. 100

Golden, CO 80401


Yellowstone Forever

PO Box 1857

Bozeman, MT 59771-1857


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5 thoughts on “John Henry Bartle”

  1. John was a very dear uncle and I have so many cherished memories with him. I can hear his laughter and see his smile in my mind as I type this. I am so grateful I was able to see him in February…and we all had the chuckle when he said “Who’s on first, what’s on second”. John will definitely be missed. ????

  2. John was my favorite brother-in-law!! Enough said. I now live in a senior retirement center , joined by my cat Izzy, but I remember fondly all the times John and Cathy stayed in the guest room at my villa.I so enjoyed their company. When I came to Colorado, John spent hours looking at topographical maps to find a “flat” trail that I could handle with my rheumatoid arthritis joints. He will be missed!!

  3. Cathy,
    I didn’t know John as we both moved after our marriages to different cities but I can see from all the pictures and the obituary that the two of you had a very good life together and with your sons and their families. You both look so happy and in love. Please accept my condolences. I have such fond memories of us growing up as cousins and neighbors. I am glad you’ve had a rich and full life with John and I know the loss of John leaves an emptiness that hurts and brings sadness and also stands as a testament to your love and life together.

  4. John will always be remembered by me for all the times he would welcome us to his home for vacations. Each time I arrived he was very hospitable the first day of arrival. The rest of the week he assigned me chores, including stacking logs, shoveling snow, cooking meals, taking the dog for walks, hikes in the hills. By the end of each week, I could not wait to return to St. Louis after the “working vacations”, so I could rest! What a great guy, story teller and inspirational man. He was always great company and constantly seeking the next adventure. Fond memories! Rest in Peace.

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