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A Yakima man recently died in a tragic vehicle versus pedestrian accident A Yakima man recently died in a tragic vehicle versus pedestrian accident
MOXEE, WA - A Yakima man recently died in a tragic vehicle versus pedestrian accident. Russ Bartlett leaves behind his wife of more than 50 years, four children and many grandchildren.

We want to honor Bartlett's life and hear from those he loved the most.

"Being married to him was probably the best 50 years of my life," said Karen Bartlett, Russ's wife. "And we had happy times. We had bad times, but we always overcome everything."

Russ Bartlett lives on in the memories of his lovely wife, children and grandchildren. He was a Vietnam War Veteran.

"I never got to tell my dad that he was really my hero," said Chris Bartlett. "You hear that a lot from people and unfortunately you hear it at a time like this, but he really was."

Russ was a bicyclist.

"Just this last week we were talking about trying to find a cross country ride," said Dale Panattoni, Russ's Son-In-Law. "We want to ride from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and that's a dream of both of ours to do, and he kept saying when are we going to do that Dale. We need to do that. Now we don't get to do that together."

He was charmingly honest and fun.

"He had no filter," said Chris. "He kind of said what was on his mind, what he thought and sometimes you'd go oh my gosh, where'd that come from, but that was him."

"He was quirky," said Matt Bartlett. "He had a lot of quirks. Some of them I'm finding out are hereditary."

And Russ was very, very bright.

"He was a big jeopardy {fan} and he answered," said Karen. "We kept track one night on how much money he'd made on jeopardy. He made like $10,000."

But most importantly, Russ was a family man.

"We have to remember, we have a gift with family, and you need to spend every minute that you can," said Karen.

The family said there will never be another man like Russ Bartlett ever again.

A funeral service will be held for Russ on Wednesday at the West Side Church off of Summitview Avenue in Yakima at 11 a.m. The family said those who knew Russ can attend.
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