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Fred B Bartlett was born March 31, 1919, in Okmulgee, Okla., to Rufus Monroe R.M. Bartlett and Susie Jewelette Miller Bartlett. The family consisted of Ruby Lucille, Paul Theodore, Fred B. and Wanda Geraldine, all deceased.

After graduating from Okmulgee High School in 1937, Fred began working for the Frisco Railroad in Okmulgee, and on Feb. 6, 1941, Fred was inducted into the United States Army at Fort Sill, Okla.

He served in World War II as a Tech Sergeant in Germany and earned a service star for serving in four major campaigns:  Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Germany.  His last assignment in World War II ended in Saltzburg, Austria in a primarily anti-tank, field artillery battalion where he supported General George S. Patton and various other units. In Austria, Fred was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for outstanding service and was later honorably discharged in September 1945, at Camp Fannin, Texas.

After honorably serving his country, Fred returned to Okmulgee, where he married his longtime sweetheart, Velma Faye Horner, on Dec. 30, 1945. 

Their only son, Phil Edward, was born on Oct. 24, 1947 and their family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where Fred returned to work for the Frisco Railroad.  He later moved back to Okmulgee after he was offered a position with the Okmulgee Northern Railroad as a car inspector.

Fred attended Okmulgee Business College and graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Minor in Economics and Education. He also attended Tulsa University and the University of Houston. 

After completing his education, Fred worked for an oil company called Union Texas Petroleum (later united with Amaco Petroleum and then Allied Chemical) as a Supervisor and later Office Manager of the Oil and Gas Department. Fred took an early retirement June 1970, to work in real estate. He later purchased an accounting and bookkeeping service in Houston and was enrolled as treasury agent.  After building his clientele, he sold the business to a young CPA and took a position in Houston as Office Manager with a New York Dental Lab, which consisted of three companies:  a lab, product and a blood bank. He remained with them for three years before retiring for good.

Velma also retired from Memorial Hospital at that time, and together, Fred and Velma traveled all over Mexico, Europe and England. On other occasions, they traveled throughout the United States, and later purchased a  travel trailer.

 After retirement, Fred and Velma made their home in numerous places, including Round Rock, Humble, Irving, and Muskogee, Okla.

During the winter, they lived in McAllen, and lived between Muskogee and McAllen for 13 years.  They purchased a larger mobile home in McAllen and lived in the Adobe Wells Country Club, named for its 18-hole, 3-par, golf course. Fred took up golfing and was a member of the Oklahoma Senior Golf Association.

Fred and Velma moved to Bellville 2000, where Phil and his wife, Donna, have Assurance Insurance Company.  Fred was a member of the Bellville Golf and Recreation Club, the V.F.W., the American Legion, the Bellville United Methodist Church, and the Joy Sunday School Classes.

A memorial service was held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2009 from the Bellville United Methodist Church with Pastor Robert Stutes officiating.

Arrangements were under the dirtection of Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

Posted by Joy Neely


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