Robert David "Bart" Bartunek

Lt. Col. USAF (Ret)


Robert David "Bart" Bartunek, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret), 73, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Avow Hospice Hospital in Naples, FL. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on September 23, 1938 to Vincent and Blanche Bartunek, and is preceded in death by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and his sister, Aleta Smith, of Spring, TX. "Bart" grew up in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, IA, graduating from Iowa City High in 1956, and from the University of Iowa in 1960.  In 1960, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He served two tours of duty in South East Asia, and retired in 1982 at Vance Air Force Base as a Lt. Colonel.  After retirement, he worked as a pilot for DHL, Exec-Express, attained a degree in Geology from Phillips University, and founded Robert Bartunek Winery in Enid, OK where he was instrumental in increasing the wine industry in Oklahoma. His love of aviation followed him to Naples, FL where he spent many hours flying his 1947 Er Coupe, and building an experimental aircraft.  Robert is survived by his wife Helen of Naples, FL; son, Dan Glenn and wife, Marie, of Boston, MA; daughter, Kari and husband, Mark, Perlstein of Phoenix, AZ; stepsons, Corry Woolington and wife, Beth, of Enid, OK; Mark Woolington and wife, Tina, of The Woodlands, TX; stepdaughters, Stacey Stuart McCurdy, and husband Scott, of Naples, FL; and Shelly Stuart of Norman, OK. He is also leaves in mourning five grandsons, six granddaughters, his sister, Helenka Claypool, of Williamsburg, IA and brother, Vincent Bartunek, of Englewood, CO as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. His burial will be held at Enid Cemetery on May 4, 2012 at 1 p.m. with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force Silver Talon Honor Guard. A memorial service will take place at the The First Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m., with Rev. Gay Cocheres officiating followed by a reception for family and friends.  Services are under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Memorial contributions in Robert Bartunek's name may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be made to the family online at