Gary Bartsma

Obituary of Gary William Bartsma

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Gary William Bartsma, 74, of Goldendale, WA, passed away on January 19, 2022. Gary was born in Artesia, CA on January 16, 1948. He joined the Navy in 1965. Gary was married to Kelli (Freer) on August 20, 1990, they were married 31 years. Gary worked as a welder for various companies in the West. He loved making wooden furniture and building metal eagles. His latest hobby was building wooden ships. Gary is survived by his wife, Kellie; his sons, Kelly (Liz) of The Dalles, OR, Gary (Kristi) of Rogers, TX, and Willie of Ocean Shores, WA. His 3 grandchildren, Abigail, Clayton, and Brantley. He is also survived by his brother, Rick, of Costa Mesa, CA and other family and friends. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Claude Bartsma, Sr., his mother Shirley (Wilson) Wright, and his brother, Claude Bartsma, Jr. The family of Gary William Bartsma wishes to thank the Klickitat Valley Health-Hospice for their care. Especially Stephanie and Summer who took wonderful care of Gary with love and dignity in his final months. The family plans a private memorial service in the spring.