Lawrence William "Bill" Bartee, Jr. 6/13/1924 - 8/2/2014
Bill Bartee died at 5:20 p.m. on August 2, 2014 at the Arizona State Veterans Home in Tucson, Arizona. Bill Bartee was born in Springfield, Missouri on June 13, 1924. During the depression years, his family moved often and he went to many schools throughout the Midwest. In 1939 he joined the Navy but was released after his true age was disclosed by his father. He reentered the Navy in 1942 and retired as a Chief Radioman in 1962. Immediately upon retirement, he went to work at the same intelligence community where he had served in the Navy. He remained in that community until 1976, when he retired. From civil service, he went into real estate where he worked until 2010. In July 1949 he married Wanita Howard. She accompanied him to the many worldwide posts where he served. He was a life member in the following organizations: Builders Lodge #60, Tucson Scottish Rite of Tucson, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, China-Burma India Veterans Association. He is a dues paying member in: Almas Shrine Temple Washington, D.C., Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO), Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association, National Association of Realtors and many others too numerous to mention. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Wanita Bartee and his younger twin brothers, Ned (Mary Ann) Bartee of Bellaire, Texas and Ted (Windy) Bartee of Clover, SC; plus numerous nieces and nephews. The Service will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at EAST LAWN PALMS MORTUARY, 5801 East Grant St., Tucson, AZ. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be sent to: Special Operations Warrior Foundation, P.O. Box 89367, Tampa, FL, 33689 or Salvation Army, 2717 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713.