Edwin Bartle, 84, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Thursday, March 28. at a local healthcare facility.
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Burial is in Highland Cemetery with a private family graveside service. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Croxford Funeral Home.
He was born June 11, 1928, to William and Henrietta (Paynter) Bartle in Great Falls where he lived all his life. He attended local schools and in 1946, joined the Navy where he spent the next two years. After his discharge, he returned to Great Falls and worked for the Anaconda Company. He married Lorelie Halverson, they divorced after a couple of years. He then moved to the Los Angeles area and worked for an aircraft company. After a period of time in California, he returned to Great Falls and again worked for the Anaconda Company as a welder.
In 1956, he married Joan (Coffman) Nicholls. He worked for the Anaconda Company until it closed, then worked several years for the City of Great Falls, then spent a number of years working construction. He was a member of the Elks and was in the Elk's Drum and Bugle Corp and VFW Post 1087. Over the years, he and Joan enjoyed fishing and camping and after retirement, they took bus tours of the country. He especially liked these tours as he did not have to drive and could sit back and enjoy the sites. Among the tours was a trip to Alaska, the southern part of the country and while in Georgia learned of the 9/11 attack. They also toured Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the New England states, the western part of the country, Texas and Louisiana.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters, Denise (Chris) Johnson and Roberta Lindhorst; grandchildren, Lisa Cheary and Christopher Miller, Lance Johnson, Hayley and Cory Lindhorst; step-grandsons, Rodney of Seattle, Wash. and Matthew (Michelle) Nicholls of Elko, Nev.; great-grandchildren, Ayden and Savanah Cheary and Justin and Megan Nicholls.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather; and stepson Rodney Nicholls.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 31, 2013