Frank Martin Barta Jr.

April 21, 1944February 11, 2021
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Frank Barta, Jr. of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed away on February 11, 2021, at the age of 76. After a short illness, Frank died peacefully with his beloved wife Kathleen and their three daughters by his side. Frank was born in El Campo, TX on April 21, 1944, to Frank Barta Sr. and Erma Barta, the fourth sibling of three sons and five daughters. Frank graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1962. He grew up working on his family’s small farms. His work ethic and desire to serve our nation led to him enlisting in the Air Force on July 5, 1964. While stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base, he met Kathleen Steglich and they married on February 13, 1971. Frank served honorably and rose to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, becoming a mechanical expert for the military’s F-4 Phantom fighter-bomber. Frank served in Ton Son Nhut, Vietnam and was also stationed in varied places such as Castle Air Force Base, CA, Zweibrucken Air Base, Germany, MacDill Air Force Base, FL, and Bergstrom Air Force Base, TX. After retiring from military service on January 1, 1986, Frank entered industry as a Field Service Representative for General Electric as well as other aerospace companies. In retirement, Frank was a very active member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Del City. He started the Knight of Columbus Council 16214, where he served as Grand Knight and then Faithful Navigator. He worked with the council to serve breakfast at the parish after mass, collect outerwear for Coats for Kids, collect donations for the VA, and worked hard to support the ministry to provide ultrasound machines for pro-life efforts. A man of many trades (and he would say a master of none), his hobbies included cooking (sausage rolls and briskets were a family favorite), carpentry (many of our family homes were furnished in the works of Frank Barta), University of Texas sports (he especially loved the women’s volleyball), and golf (he hit two holes in one, both within three weeks). Frank Barta was filled with so much love that anyone who met him could feel it. He never met a stranger and always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world. He will be missed beyond words. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother Raymond and his sisters Joyce Ritter, Dorothy Vacek, and Katherine Cook. He is survived by his wife Kathleen; children Stacy and Wade Palmer, Kathryn and Stephen Foster, Emily and Jason Coats; grandchildren Courtney and Lainey Cothran, Hannah Wright, Carrie Palmer, Franklin and Nolan Coats, Samuel and Kathleen Foster and great-grandchild Elsie. A visitation for Frank is planned for February 18, 2021, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. The visitation will be at the Sunny Lane Funeral Home on 4000 Southeast 29th Street, Del City, OK 73115. All are invited to attend. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on February 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm at St. Paul the Apostle at 3901 S Sunnylane, Del City, OK with Fr. Joseph Sundar presiding. People wishing to honor Frank’s lifelong commitment to family and country can make donations to Meals on Wheels or St. Paul Catholic Church in Del City. Attachments area


  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Rosary

    Thursday, February 18, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, February 19, 2021


Frank Martin Barta Jr.

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Lisa Boesen

February 20, 2021

I have many great memories of your hearty laugh and love for others. Thank you for taking up the reins and keeping the Frank Barta Jr. extended family together after Mother passed away. We were so happy to be able to stop in and visit you on the way to and from Nebraska and Colorado. You were always so hospitable!
We love you and your family. Our hearts are with them as I know you are looking down from us from heaven.
Mike and Lisa

Sherrie Fancher

February 19, 2021

When my dad died 27 years ago, Uncle Frankie stepped up to make sure that we knew we were loved and supported. His hugs and jokes were a priceless gift that filled a broken part of my heart. He's in heaven now, raising a ruckus with Daddy, Mom, his parents, and 4 of his siblings; healthy and whole at last. His love for his family and joy for life new no bounds. May we all spread happiness and love like he did every day. My heart is with my aunt and cousins as they celebrate his life. I love you so much, Uncle Frankie.

Melissa Kopperud

February 18, 2021

This man is such an amazing man. He and my father were more than brothers, they were best friends. After we lost my father Frankie was my "touchstone" to my father. The stories he would tell of their childhood, the shenanigans they would get into and his hearty laugh while telling them made me feel so close. Frankie's love of life, his family and his country were never ending. Kathy, his girls and their families were the core of his existence. He shall forever be missed but I know that where he is, he is happy, healthy and causing shenanigans with my daddy all over again.
All my love to you Barta girls and families!
Missy and Todd

David and Cheri Shinn

February 18, 2021

We came to know the Barta's at Bergstrom AFB in 1980 when both Dave and I worked with Frank in the Engine Shop. He was more than our shop supervisor, he was our mentor and our friend. He was a joy to be around and you never felt that you worked "for him" but "with him". He took all those in need under his wing and was always available. We soon came to meet and know Kathy and the girls. Frank and Kathy inspired us by their deep faith and love for one another and their family. Theirs was a true Christian marriage. When we learned we were to have our first child, there in Austin, we asked Frank and Kathy to be our daughter's God-parents and they agreed. Although separated shortly thereafter by many miles and many years, we fondly remember their generosity, love and devotion to their God and others. They were a big influence in our faith journey and we thank God for them. They truly were one, united in their love of God, and it was apparent in everything they did. We send our deepest condolences to Kathy, the girls, and all the family during this difficult time of loss. I know Frank's love lives within you and will continue throughout your lives. Peace be with you.

Janice Nelson

February 17, 2021

Dear brother, Frankie,
Your good nature and loving spirit will be missed. I know that I will see you again. Until then, I will hold you dearly I in my heart.
Love you,

Keith Konze

February 17, 2021

Dear Kathleen and Family, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Frank. Bergstrom was my first duty assignment in July 1980 and Frank embraced my arrival with true professionalism and a sense of being part of a family. Frank was such a great person to talk to about anything and as a young airman and husband I would bend his ear often. Our engine shop BBQ's at the test cell were so enjoyable and Frank was a master on that BBQ grill. I owe it to Frank for getting me to the test cell which was a highlight of my Air Force career and he also endorsed me in becoming a jet engine instructor at Chanute Air Force base come 1984. Frank and I found each other again when I retired and got a job with GE Aviation in 2000 and Frank was at Tinker. We would stay in touch from that point on with a few phone calls here and there and of of course being friends on Face Book. Again, my sincere condolences to the family. Heaven just received an outstanding soul who will remain in our hearts and thoughts for ever. God Bless.

Courtney Cothran

February 16, 2021

No amount of words can say how I feel. It’s incredibly hard to imagine you not here. So many things I wish I could have done with you. I will never forget the memories we have. From summer trips, I remember every year mom would drive us half way and y’all would pick us up for two weeks. It was my favorite time of year and I miss when we would do that. I enjoyed all the trips to the park and fishing. I also remember when you and grandma would always go on base and play golf and go to the Burger King! I remember when you would drive us around in the Volkswagen Beetle. You always made it to the important events such as Prom and Graduation. I always loved our family trips such as the cruise, Disney and broken bow. I never forget always being there for Christmas and Thanksgiving. I’m gonna miss that. Grandpa I know you were always there for me. I just wish Kathleen, Sam, Franklin, Nolan and Elsie could all experience more memories like I did. It’s all hard now but I will never forget all the incredible memories we share. You were such an incredible person!

Susan Chavez

February 16, 2021

Dear Kathleen and Family: Frank was one of the kindest and friendliest men I had ever been honored to know. His obituary reflected a highly accomplished man who followed his faith throughout the areas of his life. He was truly a Servant of God. I never heard him utter an unkind word about anyone. Among his many gifts were his regard and respect for others. This world would do well to look at his life and emulate it. Frank made a difference and it will be felt for a long, long time. Thank you for sharing this remarkable man with the parish of St. Paul the Apostle.
Please accept my deepest sympathies. Susan Chavez

Lorraine Caddy

February 15, 2021

I knew Frank and his family very well from attending the Catholic Chapel Services at Tinker AFB Chapel many years ago. I still attend there but know the Barta family have been gone from there for awhile. Please know my love and prayers are with all of the family. Frank was a wonderful man - so friendly and so involved with everything in the Catholic faith. I know he is already at work in his new surroundings - God will see to that:) God Bless, Lorraine Caddy


February 14, 2021

My dear uncle Frankie,
You were such a wonderful man in every way. I always looked forward to seeing you, watching you cook brisket & sausage, and hearing your hardy laugh at family reunions. You and my mama had the best, most genuine laughs! I feel so sad that I will never see you or get to talk to you again. Thank you for your kindness, your devotion to family, to our country, and to our faith. The world needs more people like you and your loss to the world is tremendous. I know that your daughters have followed you in service to the community, religion, and country, and hope that your grandchildren follow in your footsteps as well. I love you uncle Frankie - thank you for being such a great uncle. Love, Kimberly