Archive for December, 2013

Hilbert Bartels – A Celebration of Life

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

We were sad to learn that Hibert Bartels had passed away last month.  Hilbert and his wife Jeanne were members of the RTA, they own the Island Champion, a WWII Army Tug.  Jeanne has sent along Hilbert’s obituary and directions to the Celebration of Life his family is holding for him next Saturday, Dec 14th from 4-6 PM in Everett at the Van Valey House.


In loving memory

Hilbert John Bartels

March 15, 1941 – November 23, 2013

Beloved father, husband, and friend to many.

Hilbert died at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington on Saturday November 23rd at 6:29pm.

He was born in Hilversum, Holland, the son of Johanna and John Bartels. They moved to Belgium during the Second World War, where his father was decorated for his work in the underground. It was then that his passion for flying and aviation began. After living through the occupation in Belgium, they took passage way on a ship to Los Angeles, California where he graduated from Culver City High School in 1957 at age 18. He then attended UCLA for 4 years.

Hilbert spent his life in aviation and boating, his two main passions. He was successful at running several businesses including TASCO, after a decade of working at Emerson Electronics. During the TASCO years he supplied a lot of electronics used in Flight Testing of new Boeing airplanes. He was also a pilot and used his twin engine airplane for both business and pleasure.

Boating became more of a passion in the later years- at which time he purchased a 1944 97 foot tugboat called the Island Champion which became lifelong project. He even had his office located on the tug for a time.

He is survived by his wife Jeanne, sons John, Dan, and Colin, and daughter Ann, and his 3 grandchildren Giana, Steven, and Sarah.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He will be forever loved and appreciated for all that he did and all that he was.

Hilbert’s heart, personality, smile, and laugh will be missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (

A celebration of his life will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM Sturday December 14th at the Van Valey House located at 2130 Colby Avenue in Everett, Washington. Driving Directions: