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Bernhard D. “Ben” Bartel

Brock Kappelmann - May 12, 2017 8:22 am

Bernhard D. “Ben” Bartel, age 86, passed away from this earth and into the presence of God (based on his hope and faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior) Wednesday afternoon, May 10, 2017, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade, Kansas.
He was born February 5, 1931, at rural Meade, Kansas, the son of Peter B. and Sarah (Doerksen) Bartel.  As a young boy he attended the McNaulty Grade School in rural Meade County.  After his education he began his career as a farmer, feed salesman, harvester, and truck driver.
He was a member of the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade.  He enjoyed farming, talking with feed customers, raising Holstein calves from local dairies, and especially spending time with his family and friends.
On November 28, 1958, he married Alvina C. Loewen at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Meade.  She precedes him in death on April 8, 2000.
He is survived by three sons, Tom Bartel and wife Theada of Meade, Harlan Bartel and wife Karla of Cimarron, Kansas, and Bill Bartel and wife Sherri of rural Meade; two brothers, Henry Bartel and wife Anne of Manitoba, Canada, and Pete Bartel of Meade; a sister, Marie Plett of Manitoba, Canada; eleven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife; parents; a brother, Menno Bartel; a sister, Lena Friesen; and a granddaughter, Tomye Jo Bartel.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church, Meade.  Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday, at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade.  Interment will follow the service at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Meade.
The family would welcome memorials to the Emmanuel Mennonite Church or the Lone Tree Retirement Center in care of the funeral home.