Richard "Dick" Sommerville Bartlett, Sr.
Dick passed away in Prescott, Arizona on May 14, 2013. He was born in Redlands on October 25, 1930 to Xellet Granville Bartlett and Rossie Sommerville Bartlett and was raised in Redlands and Big Bear. He attended and graduated from Redlands High School from 1946-1948. He joined the Air Force upon graduating from RHS and was recalled in 1950 for a year due to the Korean War. He married Varlyne "Vicki" Inez Emmerson on November 24, 1951 in Redlands, CA. He and Vicki lived in Los Angeles from 1953-1955. In 1955 they moved to Laguna Beach where they owned and operated 2 Flying A gas stations. In 1962 they sold the gas stations and moved to Redlands to become business partners with Glenn Emmerson (father-in-law and founder and original owner) and Bob Emmerson. At the time of his retirement in 1982, Emmerson-Bartlett consisted of 4 funeral homes. Dick enjoyed people and always brightened any gathering with his presence and humor. You could say he was truly the life of the party. He cared for others, his community, and most of all his family. He is survived by his wife Vicki, son Rick (Kandy), daughter Kim (Phil); grandchildren Aaron, Eleah, & Kaitlin. 2 nieces, 2 nephews and numerous great-nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday May 24, 2013 from 6pm 8pm at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be held Saturday May 25, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Emmerson-Bartlett Memorial Chapel, 703 Brookside Ave., Redlands, CA 92373. A reception for family and friends will follow at the funeral home. Interment will take place after the reception at Montecito Memorial Park. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Grayback District, P.O. Box 8910, Redlands, CA 92375 or the Rotary Club of Redlands, 131 Cajon St. Suite 5, Redlands, CA 92373. Funeral services under the direction of Emmerson Bartlett Memorial Chapel.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on May 19, 2013