Willard “Bill” E. Bartick, 76, of West Unity, passed away early Wednesday morning at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Montpelier. He was born on Dec. 30, 1942, in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Harold E. and Doris (Van Scoy) Bartick. Bill graduated from Montpelier High School in 1961. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On July 8, 1967, he married Patricia J. Kenner and she survives.
Bill was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier. He retired from ARO Tru Line in Archbold in 2009 in the Tool and Die maintenance department. Prior to that Bill worked at Hayes Albion Corp. (currently Hayes Albion 50+5 Corp.) in West Unity for 17 years. He enjoyed camping, shooting at sportsman clubs and traveling within the United States and abroad.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia; son, Michael E. (Kelli) Bartick of Fayette; and sisters, Barbara (Ed) Andrews of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mrs. Silvia (Elmer) Weber of Waco, Texas.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; son, Aaron D. Bartick; and brother, Phillip Bartick.
Visitation for Bill will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Thompson-Geesey Funeral Home on Empire Street in Montpelier. Services will follow at noon at the funeral home with Father Jim Halleron to officiate. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier with military rites provided by the Montpelier Veterans. Memorial contributions may be made to WCVB, VFW 2489, an organization that helps veterans. Condolences can be left at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.