Clarence R. Barta (1928-2018)

Clarence R. Barta passed away Friday, March 9, 2018, at Almost Home in Great Bend, Kan. at the age of 89. He was born on Sept. 2, 1928 on the family farm in Ellsworth County, Kan. near Wilson, to the late Oda and Eleanor (Svaty) Barta. Before finishing high school he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served for three years.

After being honorably discharged from the Coast guard, he completed school and began working in the oil industry. On Oct. 18, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mary Podlena at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Together they lived in numerous Kansas towns, but spent most of their later life in Great Bend. Aside from his love of family, his greatest passion was playing cards. He was known for a life time of planting trees and saving stray animals. He attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Great bend and was a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Clarence is survived by son, Randy Barta and wife Kayla of Overland Park; daughter, Cindy McQuade and husband Tim of Hoisington; grandsons, Mike Barta of Lenexa, Ryan McQuade of Hays, Mark Barta of Mission; granddaughter, Holly Simpson of Topeka; great-grandson, Chace Barta; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Barta; and sisters-in-law, Emily Zorn of Hoisington, Anne Ehrlich of Haven, and Sister Loretta Podlena of Great Bend.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 63 years, Mary Barta, parents, Oda and Eleanor Barta, brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Loretta Barta.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, March 17, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Wilson. Burial followed in the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the St. Wenceslaus Cemetery Fund or American Legion Post 262 and may be sent in care of Plumer-Overlease Funeral Home, PO Box 533, Wilson, Kan. 67490.

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