September 30, 1926 ~ November 26, 2005

Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Asheville ~ Perry Walter Bartsch, Sr., 79, passed on to join the saints triumphant Saturday, November 26, 2005 at his home after a long and courageous fight against Parkinson’s. Perry was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 30, 1926 and, after his graduation from Walnut Hills High School, served in World War II in the US Navy Air Corp as a navigator. After his military service, he graduated from Harvard College, Harvard Business School and NYU Law School. His business career began in finance in New York City with JP Morgan and Westvaco Corporation. In 1959, he began his twenty-six year career with Champion International and retired as Vice-President, General Manager in 1985. From 1985 on, he participated in ownership and management of several businesses in Asheville, including: Perry Bartsch Associates, SDX Corporation, A&B Construction, Industrial Sheet Metal, Westall-Chandley Lumber and Brevard Lumber. He enjoyed both his business relationships and his responsibilities as a conscientious employer. He found great meaning as a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed his time as member and past president of the Harvard Club and the Pen and Plate Club. He supported several community based organizations, including: the Urban Trail, Mission Hospital Foundation, Community Foundation, Asheville Symphony and others. In life everlasting, Perry joins his wife of forty-eight years, Betty Lou Elliott Bartsch, his mother Beatrice Thomas Perry Bartsch and his father Edward Holmes Bartsch. He is survived by his son Perry W. Bartsch Jr. and wife Joanne of Asheville, his daughter Anne Bartsch Bonner and her husband Jeremy of Asheville, and his daughter Jane Bartsch Wall and her husband Charles of Greenville, S.C. Dad especially loved and took delight in all seven of his grandchildren: Christan Bartsch, Sarah Bonner, Andrew Wall, Perry Bartsch, III, Elizabeth Wall, Emily Bonner and Katherine Wall. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Asheville, North Carolina. Internment will be held Sunday, December 4, 2005 at Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any of the following; First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Mountain Area Hospice, the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Betty Bartsch Kitchen Fund at First Presbyterian. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11:25)

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  1. I am sorry to hear of Mr. Bartsch’s passing. I worked for him at SDX Electronics for nearly 10 years, and learned a great deal from him. He was a fair and compassionate man. My condolences to the family.
    Suzanne Daley

  2. Anne & Jeremy and family-
    So sorry to hear of your father’s death. Know he hadn’t been well. We will be praying for God’s comfort for you.
    Jennifer & Ernie Boyle

  3. My deepest sympathy to all the family.
    I truly admired Mr. Bartsch and enjoyed the years we worked together at A&B Construction with Perry Jr. and Doug.

  4. Ann, Janie and Perry, Pete and I are so sorry about the passing of your Dad. Please know you are in our prayers. Love, Betsy and Pete Brodnax

  5. Perry,Jr., I paved your Dad’s driveway in Biltmore Forest when I was with APAC in the mid-seventies; the first & last times I ever saw him. I understand he was a Godly man. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see him more often. Just wanted to let you and your family know that Judy and I are thinking of you. May the God of all comfort hold you real close during these days. Dale & Judy, Candler Concrete

  6. Dear Family, I worked for Mr. Bartsch at ISMW for 15 years. He treated all employees like family. He made it possible for me to recieve medical treatment at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.I will be forever greatful.God Bless your family in the days ahead. Wayne & Karen Womble

  7. Perry Jr. – Irma and I were saddened to hear of the death of your dad. Please accept our condolences and those of Randy.

  8. To the family:
    Perry and I established a life-long relationship when he was still at Canton with Champion. He was a unique person who enjoyed his business and personal relationships and who loved his wife and family. I will miss him as I know you will, but I can’t help but believe that he is now in a better place.
    My sincere sympathy and condolence.

  9. Since 1985, Perry has been a friend, not only to me, but to my family as well. As an employee, he challenged me to learn and to extend my goals. As a friend, he always proved to be compassionate and generous.

    I will miss him greatly. My prayers are with the family, that God will give to you his bountiful grace and comfort.

    Joan Spivey

  10. My sympathies are with all the family they are so wonderful and I have been so close to all of them. Perry will be sorely missed but he has traveled on to a much greater place and he is singing with the Angels and Betty now. All my love and support to all of you ….Love..Nancy E.Alexander

  11. Dear Family
    Perry helped me greatly as an employer, business partner, and friend. I am thankful for the opportunity to have known him.
    May God provide the grace to sustain you during this difficult time.


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