Lawrence A. Bartell

March 19, 1914 - April 8, 2008

Lawrence A. Bartell of the town of Genesee died Tuesday, April 8, 2008, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age 94. He was born March 19, 1914, in Whitefish Bay, to Daniel and Kathryn (nee Luy) Bartell.

He was an eighth-grade graduate of Saylesville School in 1928. He attended Waukesha County Technical College, Spencerian College, Marquette University for real estate appraisal and Aviation Engineer School. On Nov. 28, 1935, he married the former Evelyn Ernst in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death Oct. 5, 1979.

He was a dairy and beef farmer for most of his life and had raised record-producing Guernsey herds. His hobbies were aviation, hunting, snowmobiling, playing sheepshead and enjoying good times with friends and family. He was an aircraft pilot since 1949. On March 31, 2003, he was inducted into the Experimental Aircraft Associationís Southeastern Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame and became the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement in Aviation Award, presented to him at the Wisconsin Aviation Conference. Between 1960 and 1970, he introduced more than 300 children to the thrill of aviation by giving free flights in his 1946 Taylorcraft. He has passed on his interest and love of aviation to many others, some of whom have gone on to be pilots themselves.

Since 1993, he has been president of OX5 Aviation Pioneers-Wisconsin Wing. He was a member of the Racine County Pilots Breakfast Club, Waukesha Aviation Club, Flying Farmers, Classic Aircraft Association, Midwest Antique Airplane Club, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Bonanza Society Club, the EAA and the Octogenarian Flying Club Society. He served for many years on the Kettle Moraine School Board and on the Genesee Town Board as a supervisor and chairman. As a member of the Waukesha County Board for 20 years, he served on the Waukesha County Airport Commission and the State Airport Commission and played a key role in the establishment of Waukesha Countyís first airport commission for oversight of the Waukesha County Airport. He was a member of the Delafield-Summit Lions Club and St. Paulís Catholic Church in Genesee Depot. He retired as a lieutenant after 31 years on the Wales (now Wales-Genesee) Joint Fire Department.

He will be sadly missed by his children, Richard (Sue Lund) Bartell of Wauwatosa, Alan (Marge) Bartell of Necedah, Patricia (Dennis) Griswold of Oconomowoc and Sharon (Tom) Leair of Genesee Depot; his devoted companion and best friend, Dee Cassidy; and grandchildren, Randy (Cindy), Gregg (Martha), Mike (Linda), Paul, Tracy and Katie Bartell, Jeff (Kathy) Griswold, Lisa (Bob) Condon, Chris (Susan) Griswold, Michelle (Sean) Dalton, Laurie Bartell, Trisha (Curt) Fabian, Mary Douglas, Theresa Treffinger, Alan Bartell Jr., Ryan and Bradley Bartell, Curt (Lynne), Mark (Patrice) and Craig Leair, Chad Bartell and Justin Grafenauer. He is further survived by 19 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine Jensen of Eau Claire and Elizabeth Kuchen of Oconomowoc; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; son, Douglas J.; brother, Ervin Bartell; and sister, Evelyn Bartell.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at St. Paulís Catholic Church, Highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot. A funeral Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, at St. Paulís Cemetery in Genesee Depot. Please meet at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church; Ten Chimneys, P.O. Box 225, Genesee Depot, WI 53127; or to a charity of the donorís choice.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to to leave an online tribute.