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Raymond Bartels - Lincoln KS
12/26/1919 - 4/26/2010

Raymond Fredrick Bartels, son of John Gottlieb Ernst Bartels and Emma Marie Nee Schafer, was born December 26, 1919, at Blue Point, Effingham County, Illinois, and died April 26, 2010, at Lincoln Park Manor, Lincoln, KS. He was baptized at the Blue Point Lutheran Church on January 11, 1920, by the Rev. William Reuter. He moved to Lincoln County in 1926 when his father, a Lutheran school teacher, became the principal of St. John Lutheran School. Raymond was confirmed at St. John Lutheran School on May 20, 1934, by the Rev. H. Kroening. After graduation from Lincoln High School in 1938, he worked for his uncle, Fred Bartels, near Tobias, NE, and then for Al Patch in Kimball, NE. Returning to Lincoln, he worked at Quaretzite in 1940. On July 27, 1941, he married Velma Magdalena Tatkenhorst at St. John Lutheran Church in Lincoln and farmed with his father-in-law, Ben Tatkenhorst, whose farm he later purchased. Surviving are son Vernon and his wife, Ruth Ellen, of Baldwin City, KS and daughter Arlene Bartels of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren Jeff and wife, Tanya, Bartels of Olathe, KS, and Doug Bartels of Chandler, AZ; great-grandchildren Derek and Ryan Bartels of Olathe, KS and Colin Bartels of Alliance, NE. Surviving also are brothers Walter of Albuquerque; John of Raytown, MO; Arlon (Corrine) of Lincoln, NE; and Lester (Lila) and Wendell of Topeka; sisters Isabel Wendte of Oklahoma City, OK; Enola Erdley of Delmont, PA; and Irma (Paul) Penn of Birmingham, AL; sisters-in-law Alilce Hern of Lincoln and Ruth Zier of Salina; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Preceding him in death were his infant twin daughters Norma Jean and Lorna Lou in November, 1945; his wife Velma on September 19, 1999; his parents; an infant sister, Estherr Marie Emma in 1918; his brother Hubert in 1997; sisters-in-law Audra (Hubert's wife); Dorothy (John's wife); and Iona (Walter's wife) as well as brothers-in-law Marvin Wendte, James Erdley, Milton Meyer, Donald Hearn, and Virgil Zier. A member of St. John Lutheran since confirmation, Raymond held many offices in the church and also served on the school board when the church school was in operation. He loved his family and traveled across the country to share in their important events. He loved to play cards, put together jigsaw puzzles, fish, and visit. His smile and cheerful disposition will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Funeral services were held Friday, April 30, 2010, at St. John Lutheran Church, Pastor Matt Schneider officiated. Burial was in St. John Lutheran Cemetery. The family requests memorials to St. John Lutheran Church.

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