Robert Ray Bartee
Robert (Bob) Ray Bartee, 88, died Dec. 21, 2013 in Phoenix, Ariz. Bob was born to Fanny and Ray Bartee in Lockwood, Mo. and raised in Winslow, Ariz. After graduating from Winslow High School at age 17, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the European theater from 1944 through 1946, where he received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy. He returned stateside in 1946 and attended the University of Arizona in Tucson until recalled for the Korean Conflict.
Upon his army discharge in 1951, Bob returned to Arizona and went to work for the Phelps Dodge Corporation (P.D.) in Morenci, Ariz. While in Morenci, he met and married Ida Vallero, with whom he had two children. Bob and Ida remained in Morenci until 1976, at which time Bob transferred to Denver, Colo. to work for P.D. subsidiary Western Nuclear Corporation. After retiring, Bob and Ida enjoyed antique sales and local swaps meets in the Denver area. However, Bob wanted to return to his home state of Arizona and in 1993 they relocated to Payson where they continued their quest for the next “treasure” by visiting local antique and thrift shops. Over the years, Bob became an avid “yard-sale-r” in the Payson area and hosted a yearly yard sale of his own. Bob also enjoyed lapidary work, silversmithing and fishing.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 59 years, Ida. He is survived by daughter Denise (Dale) of Tucson; son Rob (Laurie) of Lakewood, Colo.; grandchildren Shawn, Kyle (Marie), Erin (Brad), and Alan; and eight great-grandchildren. No services are planned at this time.