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William M Bartuska

William M. Bartuska, 52, of rural Thompson, ND passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2013. A memorial service will be held Monday, November 18, 2013 at 7:00pm at Northwood Evangelical Lutheran Church, Northwood, ND.

Bill was born February 16, 1961 to William and Mildred (Barta)Bartuska in Grand Forks, ND. He graduated from Central High School in 1979.

On August 21, 1982, Bill married Lori Nelson. They raised 2 amazing children, Brandi and Nicholas.

Bill worked as an auto detailer for over 30 years and was very proud to have opened his own shop, Bill's Auto Detailing, in 2009, in Northwood. He was currently detailing tractors and combines at Uglem-Ness in Northwood. Moving to their country home in 2003 was a dream come true for Bill and Lori. Bill loved the outdoors: waterfowl and deer hunting, fishing, cruising country roads, always taking the back way, sitting in his Chevy truck with Lori, and watching the sun go down. Bill and Nick had a very special bond and were more like best friends than father and son. No matter what the weather was, they were outside doing something. Walking Brandi down the aisle at her wedding to Aaron in August 2013, was a highlight of Bill's life.

Bill is survived by his wife, Lori; daughter, Brandi (Aaron) Basting, and son, Nick. He is also survived by a brother, Ron(Lynn) Bartuska and a sister, Sharon(Gary) Vechik; mother-in-law, Joyce Nelson; many nieces and nephews, his 4 Labs: Jack, Harley, Abby and Bear; and many dear friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary, and father-in-law Gordon Nelson.

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When our son Rick was nine months old, Millie Bartuska started as his babysitter...and he was with her until he was 6 1/2 yrs old. He has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair. Bill took a real liking to Rick and Bill would come over to our house on weekends and take Rick to the mall, just walk around, or even buy a model car and then they would come back home and put it together. He also took Rick fishing at the Red river once....NO ONE had ever done that....I just loved Bill...he was such a neat neat teenager..he was Rick's first friend...to take an interest in my son! I saw Bill about 8-10 yrs ago at a gas station and we had alittle chat...it was so great to see him after all those years. He had the same winning smile and was so nice and friendly....was surprised he recognized me after all those years, but he still looked the same. I am so sorry for your loss..may he rest in peace. Bonita Storbakken

Bonita Storbakken Nov 23 2013 12:00 AM

Lori, Brandi, Nick and Family. Was so shocked to read of Bill's passing! Am so sorry we were unable to attend the memorial. We know what a special man Bill was and how much he brought to your lives. Hope all of your memories can bring you some comfort at this time, and if there's anything we can do for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Take care and God bless, Gerald, Kristi, Danielle, Josh and family

Gerald and Kristi Ness Nov 21 2013 12:00 AM

Lori and Family, As we share your grief, your pain, we know that we will be comforted with the memories we carry. May the Lord be with you all. Much Love David

David Rock Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM

Lori, Brandi, Nick and family When Carl and I would stop by the coffee shop after Carl's blood work, he often remarked how much he appreciated Bill taking the time to sit and visit with him. Carl really enjoyed having another guy to talk with...especially Bill. Though we didn't know Bill a very long time, it does not take long to recognize a kind person with a kind heart. He would do anything for anyone. He is deeply missed and I am so very sorry for your loss.

Florence Larsgaard Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM

Lori, Brandi, Nick and family, We just wanted to send our thoughts and prayers to you all. We are thinking of you and our hearts break for your loss. Lynnette, Will and Alex Thorne

Lynnette, Will & Alex Thorne Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM

Lori and Family. Sorry to hear of Bills Passing. Our prayers are with you.

Dan & Theresa Norton Nov 18 2013 12:00 AM

Bill will always be remembered for lighting up the hallways at Central High School with his smile! I am so sorry for your loss.

Jackie Klitz Grass Nov 18 2013 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our son, Mike, who worked with Bill has such nice things to say about Bill and Lori. I hear that Lori is quite the cook! Bill and Lori's kindness will never be forgotten! Thank you Lori for what you have done and again, we are so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Jeff and Dawn Ellis

Dawn Ellis Nov 18 2013 12:00 AM

We thinking of you and sending our prayers at this difficult time. May you find peace in the Lord.

Mary Brenden Nov 18 2013 12:00 AM

Bartuska Family May the Lord of our lives, Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, comfort your family as you go through this difficult time. Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. In His love, Mary Lou (Foerster) Hanson cousin

Mary Lou (Foerster) Hanson Nov 18 2013 12:00 AM

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