Robert (Bob) Bardel, 69, was born Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943 in Maxton, N.C. He died October 25, 2013 after a 3-year heroic battle with brain cancer.
Bob attended the University of N.C. Pembroke. He then spent two years in the Army Officer Training Program. In his job career he worked for Simmons and many furniture factories as a rep, Metro First Realty, and did anything and everything that needed to be done at A.R.T.S. Dance Studio and Ministry Outreach in Edmond, Okla.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Katha Brown Bardel, sister Caroline Love, brother Hank Bardel, children, Mindi Mende, Mandy O’Neal, Amie Bowling, Wayne Hansen, Alisson Ramerize and 21 wonderful grandchildren.
Friends and family described Bob as an unforgettable character, one who would help anyone with anything, could tell a great story, had nicknames for those he knew well, loved his children and grandchildren and they loved him, a friend to all; he loved attending church and Sunday school every week and spent many years as an usher greeting and loving on people, and cried every time he heard the Star Spangled Banner.
A service to honor Bob will be 3 p.m. Sunday, November 3, in the A.R.T.S. Performance Center, 312 S. Coltrane, Edmond, OK 73034. We will be limited on space so our invitation goes out to those that knew Bob well and want to join his family in remembering him as we celebrate with music, dance, and share unforgettable stories.
The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Katha and Bob’s favorite nonprofit organization, The A.R.T.S. Foundation. Bob loved A.R.T.S. and would appreciate your support of the ministry he believed in and worked side by side with Katha and many others to make it what it is today! Donations may be sent to Barbara Skelton, Foundation Treasurer, 509 S. Santa Fe #145, Edmond, OK 73003.
Arrangements are under the direction of Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation service.