Charles Marcellus Bartley Sr., aka “Chuck” or “Bart”, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Mission View Health Care in San Luis Obispo. He is survived by his wife of 38 years Catherine, their daughter Chandra and her husband Richard Pivo of Palm Springs; five daughters Valorie and husband Dave Warner of Sun City, Arizona; Victoria and husband Bill Beckel of Vista, California; Vanessa Bartley of Alabama, Venita and husband Greg Wilson of Roland, Oklahoma; Valinda and husband Rex Cranfill of Valley Center, California; and son Charles Jr. and wife Regina Bartley of Tempe, Arizona. He was the proud grandfather of nine: Josh Warner, Lindsey Good, Jason Nelson, Casey Bryce, twins Brandon and Zachary Cranfill, twins Tiana and Jeremy Cranfill, and Ashley Hess. Ten great grandchildren: Micah and Jonah Nelson; Noah Good; Payton, Skylor, twins Karsyn and Baylee Serjeant; Maveric and Quinnie Cranfill; and Urijah Hess. He is survived by his sister Katherine Lowden of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and brother Frank Bartley of Harrisburg, North Carolina along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Bill, John, and Bob, a sister Dorothy; and former spouse of 22 years Patricia Reed Bartley of Vista, Ca.
Chuck was born in Coroapolis, Pennsylvania February 13, 1932 the youngest of eight. After the death of his mother in 1935 the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He attended West High where he was an outstanding athlete on the track team. After graduating from West High in Cleveland he followed the advice of his brother and joined the U.S.M.C. heading straight for Korea. He attended East Carolina State as well as multiple computer and management courses while serving in the Marine Corps (IBM 360IJ, Naval Justice, OS Coding, Programming) and played football for with the Severn River Naval Command Football team.
He was in personnel administration, the Senior Programmer at Camp Le Juene, North Carolina, Coordinator for the Personnel Accounting System while stationed at Headquarters USMC in Washington D.C. where he determined the local Personnel Management Accounting System (PAS) and related IBM/360 program required complete redesign and reprograming. He designed an ingenious system, including a method for optical scanning of the PAS input data, that significantly improved the reporting units and data processing installations reducing its run time by more than half. All data submitted by Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton and Okinawa, with field changes, incorporating personnel and pay data into one entity. He was the System Design Officer of MMS (Manpower Management System) in Kansas City, Mo. and the Project Officer from 1969-70 to airlift personnel from Okinawa to DeNang, Vietnam. During his assignment in Vietnam he began the difficult task of training programmers, computer operators and personnel analysts in the requirements of the system. He directly supervised their functions devoting whatever time was required regardless of fatigue and pressure receiving the Navy Commendation with Combat “V” for services performed under numerous rocket and mortar attacks. His enthusiastic attitude, intrepid spirit and eminent dedication to his duties set standards for the officers and men he supervised and provided encouragement for his colleagues and superiors.
Chuck served in the Korean and Vietnam (two tours) wars. He received the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service, medals for Korean Service, United Nations Service, Good Conduct, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign. The Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation Cross of Gallantry, Navy Commendation Medal and Letter of Appreciation.
He held a Top Secret clearance and was a highly proficient marksman. He rose through the ranks (a “mustang”) receiving a Commission and was promoted to Captain on June 29, 1969. A “Mustang” (any Marine serving on active duty in the enlisted ranks rising to to officer rank and then serving as a commissioned officer). He was Honorably Discharged on January 31, 1978 with his last assignment at Camp Pendleton
After retiring from the Marine Corps Chuck moved to the San Luis Obispo area and went to work for BDM Corporation which was then replaced by Zapex Corporation, contractors to the Army at Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon. He was the Software Configuration Manager, Software Experiment Controller/Coordinator in a Real Time environment, procedures development, documentation editor, and Quality Assurance Specialist.
Once a Marine, always a Marine. Semper Fidelis! (“Mustang”, feral and free. The mustang may be smarter, more capable and have better survival instincts than thoroughbreds.) He loved his country, the Marine Corps and was dedicated and loved his children and family. He respected this country’s flag. He pledged his allegiance, obedience and most admirably defended our principles and freedoms. He was a member of the Marine Mustang Association, VFW 10965, and Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles. He loved his dachshunds, woodworking, painting, helping people, casinos, and enjoying nature’s wildlife. His presence will be truly missed.
Service will be at the Paso Robles Cemetery on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a catered refreshments at Kuehl-Nicolay, 1703 Spring Street, Paso Robles. Out-of-town guests may reserve accommodations at the Best Western Black Oak.
Contributions can be made to the Atascadero Veterans Memorial Foundation, P. O. Box 1466, Atascadero, CA 93423, Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles, P. O Box 1615, Paso Robles, CA 93447, the Marine Mustang Association, P. O. Box 12, Chalfont, PA 18914-0012, Salvation Army or a charity of their choice.