Gordon Bartelt, age 54, of Little Rock, passed away at home on July 21, 2005 after a long and courageous battle with brain tumors.
Gordon enthusiastically embraced life and was an avid outdoorsman. With his wife 'Stan' he enjoyed hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, biking, and scuba diving. He was an officer and a trip leader for the Arkansas Canoe Club (ACC), Ozark Society, and Sierra Club. Gordon liked helping others learn about paddle sports and was an instructor for the ACC Canoe School for 15 years.
Gordon was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on September 17, 1950. After graduating with a B.S. degree in biology at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, he earned a M.S. degree in aquatic biology at Michigan Tech University in Houghton. MI. He later returned to graduate school and earned a M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska.
Gordon worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 19 years and was a registered Professional Engineer. In 2002 Gordon and 'Stan' walked away from work and traveled whenever his health permitted. An essential item on these trips was a canoe so that rivers and lakes could be explored.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years Margaret (Stanley) Bartelt, his mother Felecite (Kempen) Bartelt and siblings Pete, Jan, Kevin, and Lee Bartelt. He was predeceased by his father, Elmer Bartelt.
Next spring when the redbuds and dogwoods are in bloom, family and friends will celebrate his life and scatter his ashes at his favorite place in the Ozarks.
Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy, 601 North University Avenue,
Little Rock, AR 72205 or University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Foundation, P.O.
4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702.