Ronald Arthur Bartusek
We said farewell to Ronald Arthur Bartusek on Monday, March 21st, 2022 shortly after midnight. Ron was the best friend and loving husband of Marilyn (née: Turner). They met while he was a station agent with CP Rail in Sovereign, SK. They were married in October 1958 and settled in Swift Current, SK. He was the father and number one cheerleader of Valerie (Monty) Bennett, Alison (David) Madsen and Robert (Paulette) Bartusek. His grandchildren: Daniel (Chantel), Christian (Cady) and Noah Bennett, Stephanie (Adam) and Kirsten (Chris) Madsen, and Josh, Jordan (Jenna) and Jade Bartusek, were the lights of his life. He was a very proud grandfather and took great joy in supporting them in all their activities and accomplishments.
Ron was born on the family farm just south of Glenside, Saskatchewan on August 5th, 1932. He was the last surviving child of the 9 children born to Stanley and Antonia Bartusek. He has a huge family with many nieces and nephews across the country with whom he strived to stay in contact. Ron was very family oriented and would spend many hours piecing together the Bartusek Family tree. One of his great adventures was going to the Czech Republic to find members of his extended family, with whom they lost touch after his grandparents immigrated to Canada. Ron had a passion for living life well – never sitting still for long. He was very involved in the community and his church. He enjoyed sports as a participant and a spectator. The Leafs, the Blue Jays and the Roughriders were his favourite teams. If anyone needed help, he was always willing to lend a hand and spent many hours volunteering. He loved to tell stories, and when he told jokes, he was often laughing so hard he could barely get to the punchline. God, family and friends were the greatest importance to Ron. Good friends were considered members of the family and were always welcome in Ron and Marilyn’s home.
After retiring, Ron and Marilyn moved to Palliser Park where Ron could indulge in his love of golf and fishing. They spent many enjoyable years as part of the Riverhurst – Central Butte community, until moving into Moose Jaw where he continued to actively volunteer and participate in the community and his church.
Ron fought valiantly over the last three and half months after enduring surgery for a brain tumour in late November. We would like to thank the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital staff, Regina General Hospital staff, and the staff at Providence Place for their care of Ron during his journey. Special appreciation is extended to the nurses and staff of Memory Lane at Pioneers Lodge for the care and support given to Ron and his family during his palliative care. We would also like to say a very special Thank You to Dr. Ava McDonald and Dr. Kumar. Ron’s family is very grateful to Moose Jaw Funeral Home for everything they have done to help us celebrate his life.
A Celebration of Ron’s life will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in Moose Jaw Funeral Home with Reverend Tim Ellis officiating. Following his wishes we ask that you avoid wearing black – he loved bright colours and would like people to wear “colourful shirts and socks”. Those not able to attend may view the service virtually by going to www.moosejawfuneralhome.com/webcast/. As an expression of sympathy, donations in Ron’s memory may be made to Heartland Hospice Moose Jaw, Box 334, Moose Jaw, SK S6H 4N9 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or The Glenside Jan Has Society c/o Larry Mikulcik, 947 Haslam Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7S 1C8 (email@example.com), an organization dedicated to preserving the country church in the community where his family homesteaded. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. James Murdock, Funeral Director 306-693-4550
Our Sympathy to you Marilyn and all your family. Ron was a real friend who always made us laugh. He will be greatly missed.
Dear Marilyn and family; I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ron. We were proud to call you our friends. Stay strong and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Aw this is so sad. Ron was a good friend. So sorry to read this.
I did not know Ron well, but the first day I moved, he was the first person I met and he welcomed me with a big hug, (I am a hugger too) and made me smile every time I saw him after that. He is missed a lot. So sorry for your loss.
Aunt Marilyn and families . We are so sorry here of Uncle Ron’s passing. We pray God will give you a comfort only he can give . Our condolences Garry and Carol
Sending our deepest condolences to Auntie Marilyn, Valerie, Alison, Robert and families. May you find comfort in the days to come with the beautiful memories you have of Uncle Ron. Sending our love, hugs and prayers.
Archie, Audra (Evan), Vaughn (Tammy) and Shane (Jodie) and family.
Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing remember all the good times. He was always friendly and joyful guy and enjoyed him greeting us at Riverhurst Church
Our condolences to Rob, Paulette, Jordan, Jenna, Josh, and Jade. Also to Marilyn and all of the extended Bartusek family. We are thankful to have met Ron and to have shared some very special times with him. His warm smile and love for his family was beautiful and is how we will remember him. Our thoughts are with you-xx
Vicki, Ken, and Leah Polson
We were very saddened by the news of Ronald’s death. We are very grateful that we were able to get to know him. As he himself said, we were part of his family in the Czech Republic. We remember him with love. God will surely accept him into his heavenly kingdom. Our condolences to Marilyn and his entire family. With love, the Bartusek family, Czech Republic.
Aunty Marilyn and families. We will miss uncle Ron. He always treated the entire family and extended family with love and genuine concern. We are so sorry for the pain you face. He kept the faith and fought the good fight and one day we will see him again. With all our love hugs and prayers. Marlene and Dave Lange
What joy Uncle Ron brought to our lives. His smile , his laughter, his dedication to family, how many family gatherings were orchestrated by Uncle Ron, we appreciate those efforts made. All the memories made playing as children in Aunt Marilyn’s and Uncle Ron’s home, the best of times, when Dad and Mom, (Stan and Mildred) made the decision to take a few days away from the farm and we headed to Swift Current. Treasured memories as our big extended family branches have spread out in every direction, the elders who were our glue, our sources of information on how everyone was doing have now crossed life’s final bridge. I will now imagine all the Bartusek sisters and brothers togther, playing cards, pitching horseshoes, donning fake moustaches and glasses with rubber noses, playing pranks just like old times, and tonnes of dad groaner jokes. We send our love, for they never really leave us, for they are in our hearts. Marilyn andTed, Nina and Boyd, Linnea, Eloise, Nova and Mark, Aislyn, Merek , Lennox, The Barutsek – Craig family.
Sorry to hear of Ron’s passing you will miss him dearly. We will always remember his humour and wit.
I am writing this on behalf of Claudette (Bartusek) Clark after speaking with her as she doesn’t have a computer.
She sends her love and condolences to Aunty Marilyn and Family. She said she was going through old pictures during a recent home renovation and spent many happy moments looking at her dad, Abdon, and his brothers, sisters, Grandma and Grandpa Bartusek.
We have had many great family times, all cherished moments, preserved forever in our hearts, Claudette
Dear Marilyn and family: Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. So glad we were able to meet you folks at our Ronald/Doubrava/Norris reunion a few years ago. Praying God’s peace and strength will be with you all in the following days to come. Sincerely: Laureena Carbert and John and Dorothy Rutley.