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BARTEL, Richard “Dick”

May 22, 1935 — February 18, 2022

Dick Bartel, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend passed away at the age of 86 years on February 18, 2022. After struggling with dementia for a number of years he spent the last two years at the Village at Mill Creek.

Born in Eyebrow, Saskatchewan, one of 11 siblings, to the late Jacob Peter Bartel and Maria (Loewen) Bartel who immigrated to Canada from Steinau, Russia in 1926. Dick arrived in Kelowna, BC in 1947 with his family. In 1956, he joined Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers where he spent 35 years with the company traveling to auction sales and enjoying customers from all over the world. Dick moved to the West Coast in 1965, and it wasn’t until 1991 that he returned to Kelowna.

Generosity, fairness, kindness, and love emanated from Dick, and he was dearly loved in return by his family and friends. In his retirement years, he enjoyed spending time on the golf course, traveling, standardbred racing, fishing, gardening, and of course playing crib.

Dick’s memory will be cherished by his family: Patricia Bartel, who was his loving wife for 64 years; his children Darren Bartel (Karen), Stephanie Bartel (Brent), and Theresa Bartel Corazzin (Carlo); his grandchildren Mitchell Bartel (Alexis), CJ Corazzin, and Nic Corazzin; his great-grandson Liam; and also many nieces and nephews. He will also be lovingly remembered by his surviving siblings; brothers Henry “Hank”, Frank, and Abe; and sisters Catherine (Frank) Pankratz, and Anne Forde. He goes to join those who have gone before him; brothers Jake, Peter, and John; sisters Mary and Margaret; along with his parents Jacob and Maria.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Ruth Bazzana and all who cared for him at the Village at Mill Creek.

A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, at The Harvest Golf Club, 2725 K. L. O. Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation to the Alzheimers Society of Canada.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Harvest Golf Club

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The service for BARTEL, Richard “Dick” is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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The Harvest Golf Club

2725 K. L. O. Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Joanne & Rich Van Geel says:

    Our sincerest condolences to the Bartel Family. We were both very sad to hear of your loss. Growing up this family they have all shown me kindness, warmth, love and I could not be more grateful. He will be deeply missed by many and my thoughts are with you all. Love, Jo & Rich

  • Kim Iwanaka says:

    Our deepest heartfelt condolences to the entire Bartel family. Growing up on Ascot St in Coquitlam they had one of the most entertaining houses on the block. So many fond memories. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Bartel. 🙏🏻💕

  • Penny Gartner says:

    It had been a long struggle for you both. I am sure he is in a more peaceful place now. I am so glad to have spent some good times with you both over many years.. ❤️

  • Dennis and Gail Glasscock says:

    Pat, we offer our condolences on the passing of Dick. We were only in your company on a few occasions, but they were good times. My brother, Russ Cmolik, has some great stories about working with Dick over the years. The Legend of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers book was also a delightful read to learn more about the company that Dick helped to build. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Deborah Cusolle says:

    Bigs hugs to all of you from all of us – such a rough few weeks and a tough loss. Dick was a gem of a man and such a pleasure to be around. I first got to know him when I was visiting with Steph in Kelowna and had a lovely poolside chat with him – so much wisdom! Something that will always stick with me is when we were out for dinner at Houston’s in Scottsdale and he ordered smoked salmon as a starter. I meant to have a nibble but was suddenly in there like a dirty shirt – best dish ever! To this day, it’s pretty much the only dish I order when. I’m there and I always think of Dick Bartel. Thank you, Dick. You were an amazing man and had excellent taste. Rest In Peace.

  • Colleen Davies says:

    Pat I was very sorry to hear about Dicks passing it’s hard but life goes on. Condolences to yo. And your family. Maybe see you in the summer!?

  • Marv and Moira Chantler says:

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Pat and all her family. ( Darren, Stephanie and Theresa ). Dick and I had great fun working together, owning race horses together and then building Georgian Downs a racetrack/Casino. He was a great man. Quiet and a wonderful listener who could weigh all the facts and tell us all what the right answer was. A very kind man who I will miss very much. Rest In Peace Dick.
    Marv and Moira

  • Carol Davies says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of Dick. I always remember a quiet man with a cheeky smile and a dry sense of humour. I hope the wonderful memories of a life well lived help to make your loss less painful . Rest In Peace. Xo

  • Penny IvensBaker says:

    Pat and families…
    Lots of good memories…Dick was a good guy!
    Peter vanvreumingen thought the world of him, and we enjoyed great laughs. Arms around you…penny

  • bruce jones says:

    Pat, our sincerest condolences. From Truck Loggers to Kelowna we enjoyed many fine times with you and Dick. Always a sparkle in his eye, a zest for life and gery much a gentleman, we know he will missed by all. Bruce and Jacquie

  • Peter Schierbeck says:

    I offer sincere condolences to Dick’s family. I had the great pleasure of working with Dick and Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers for a few years back in the late’60’s and early 70’s. I enjoyed those years very much and all of the people working there. Dick was very dedicated and great to work with. I remember those years fondly.

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