Richard Cross Bartelt, 78, of Cawthorne Street, Appomattox, died Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  He was the husband of Mary Coghlan Bartelt.

Born June 2, 1942, in Washington, DC, he was a son of the late Katherine Irene Cross and John Abbott Bartelt.  Richard was a member of the Monroe Masonic Lodge #301 A.F. & A.M. and Eastern Star.  He retired from Aerofin Corporation as the plant supervisor.  Richard was an active Airstream camper and a member of numerous Airstream camping groups.  He was also a member of the Appomattox Volunteer Rescue Squad for 25 years.  Richard loved his family and left a legacy of love.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and son-in-laws who he thought of as a son, Jeannice Bartelt Lesko and husband, Russell of Wilmington, NC,  and Celeste Bartelt Minar and husband, Eric of Prince George; one brother, Bob Bartelt and fiancé, Barbara; four grandchildren, Cameron Lesko, Christian Lesko, Ryan Minar and Jordan Minar; two sisters-in-law, Becky Bartelt, and Ardith Bartelt; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald Bartelt and Roger Bartelt; and sister-in-law, Sally Bartelt.

A private memorial service will be held.

“Please celebrate my life, pass on the good to our families next generations.  See me in all of God’s Creation and I will not leave you, ever.  Love never dies.  Remember, my love for you endures.”- Richard Cross Bartelt

In lieu of flowers please consider Masonic Lodge #301, 2284 Police Tower Road, Appomattox, VA, 24522, Appomattox Volunteer Rescue Squad, Po Box 57, Appomattox, VA 24522, Chapter #10 Order of the Eastern Star, 4788 Horseshoe Road, Appomattox, VA 24522 or a charity of your choice.

Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family.  An online condolence may be sent by visiting