Obituary: Arnold Bartow

Arnold Bartow, 91-year-old former Woodward, Okla., resident, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Wichita. Funeral service was at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at the First Assembly of God Church in Mooreland, Okla., with the Rev. Phillip Ludwyck officiating. Burial followed in the Mooreland Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home, Woodward.

John Arnold Bartow was born July 2, 1926, in Mooreland to Archie and Emma (Adams) Bartow. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Mooreland. Arnold attended the Roundtop Country School and then attended Mooreland schools. With World War II underway, Arnold enlisted in the United States Army as soon as he turned 18 years of age, foregoing his senior year of high school.

Arnold served in combat as an automatic rifleman with the 253rd Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division, during the Rhineland Campaign through Germany. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. During operations near Bubingen, Germany, where the 253rd Regiment earned a Presidential Unit Citation, he was severely wounded by enemy mortar fire on March 5, 1945. He was evacuated through Army hospitals in France and England, and eventually to the United States. Along the way, he underwent experimental surgeries involving nerve transplants to restore use of his arm and leg. Eventually, he spent several months recuperating at the Army’s O’Reilly General Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Arnold is listed as a “World War II Honoree” at the National World War II Memorial Registry in Washington, DC.

After his honorable discharge, Arnold returned to Mooreland and married the love of his life, Wynona Maxine Murray, on March 24, 1947 in Dodge City. They made their home near Mooreland, where he started his farming and ranching operation with money earned breaking horses for other cattlemen. They had one child, a daughter, Treisa Lou. In the 1960s, Arnold obtained his pilot’s license and purchased a used Piper Cub airplane, which he kept on the ranch. More than a few Curtis and Mooreland area youngsters still talk about their first airplane ride with Arnold and Treisa in his “Cub.” In addition to flying, his hobbies included hunting, fishing, collecting cartridges, and amateur radio.

Arnold and Wynona continued farming and ranching until moving to Woodward after his retirement. A series of strokes in 1999 caused him to spend most of the rest of his life in a wheelchair, but his loving wife, Wynona, cared for him in their home until they moved to Dove Estates Assisted Living in Goddard in 2014, to be closer to their daughter.

Arnold attended the First Assembly of God Church in Mooreland. He enjoyed traveling and being with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Wynona Bartow, of the home; one daughter, Treisa Lou (Bartow) Reese and husband, Monte Reese, of Goddard; two grandchildren, Allan Reese Bartow and wife Claudia of Goddard, and Monica Lynelle (Reese) Cromwell and husband Stephen of Goddard; one great-grandson, Dylan Ryan Reese of Goddard; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Emma Bartow, and one sister, Helen Frances Bartow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans or the Patriots of Praise, with the funeral home accepting the contributions.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com.