Willis Robert "Bill" Bartell

Died: March 14, 2017
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Bartell, Willis Robert “Bill”, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Tucson AZ after a 28-month battle with melanoma cancer.  Beloved husband and best friend of Marcia Anne Jakab.  Son of Willis A and Doris K (Noble) Bartell (both deceased); devoted Godson of his Uncle Robert Bartell and Aunt Grace Noble Waldeck (both deceased).

Born December 21, 1943, Bill grew up in Shaker Hts OH, graduating class of 1962.   Long time employee at Swagelok and AHD Flex-E-On.  Upon retirement in 2006 Bill & Marcia relocated to Arizona from Strongsville OH.

Bill was a first-class father to Greg (Olympia) and Julie DiBacco (Ron); he was “Grandpa Bill” to Alex and Grace & Dominic DiBacco;  biological father of Jeffrey Kurkul (Jayne) children Alyssa, Holly & Joey Kurkul; best brother and brother-in-law to Randy (Ede), Jim (Karen), Richard (Jennifer) Mary Jo Jakab and Michael Jakab (Michelle); Nephew to surviving Aunt Lucille Bartell and Uncle Robert Waldeck, Uncle, Great-Uncle, Cousin and friend to so many.

Bill was a proud US Army Veteran (1965-67 Fort Sill OK), a 50+ year Mason – Lawton Masonic Lodge #183 and a world traveler – filling every single page of his passport.

Donations appreciated in Bill’s memory to Judson Foundation, 2181 Ambleside Dr, Cleveland OH 44106 or online at the Judson Foundation website.

Services at a later date.

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Died: March 14, 2017

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Marcia Jakab posted on 8/13/18

Missing you every single day.


John Stevenson posted on 3/20/17

Sadden to hear about Bill. I was an associate of Bill's at Swagelok for 30 years plus and visited him several times at ADH Flex-E-On before he retired. A few years ago Bill invited my wife and I to visit him in Arizona. Sorry we didn't follow through to visit. Condolences to his wife (Marcia, also a Swagelok associate) and his long time friend and to all his family members and friends. Bill's demeanor was always pleasant and approachable and a person that made you feel like you were important in his life. Bill's passing, is this worlds loss, but Heavens gain, and I'm looking forward to seeing him once again.


Marcia Jakab posted on 3/21/17

John, So good to hear from you. Thank you for your kind words. My heart is broken. I miss his so much. He had a tough time during the last couple months. Just couldn't beat it. I feel as you do, that we'll be seeing each other once again.