Clarence Bartels, 85, of Atlantic, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2015, at Heritage House.
The son of Albert and Hattie (Puvogel) Bartels, he was born August 30, 1929, in Nodaway, Iowa in Page County. At the age of three Clarence lost his father. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Parochial School in Clarinda, until the eighth grade, when he was needed at home farming and helping to raise his sister, Dorothy.
On February 22, 1953, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Cavner at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clarinda. In February of 1954, he was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Kansas, Texas, and Washington. After his honorable discharge in 1955, they settled back in Clarinda. The couple was blessed with 3 daughters, Gretchen, Marcia and Marlene. For the next five years he farmed the same land he did as a child. In 1960, he began a career with United Building Center (UBC), and in 1968 accepted a position in their Atlantic office. Over the next 28 years he held the position of Warehouse Manager for Columbian Feeds. His working days didn't stop there though as he drove ambulance for the Atlantic area. He was also on the Atlantic Police Department Reserves, custodian at the Atlantic High School and Zion Lutheran Church, and funeral assistant at Roland Funeral Service and Hockenberry Family Care until his retirement at the age of 80.
Clarence was a man of family and faith. He looked forward to spending time with his family, and always wanted to know when the next family gathering would be. Elizabeth will treasure time spent on their deck overlooking the waterfall and pond that he worked so hard on and took much pride in. He and Elizabeth have fond memories of a bus trip to Washington D.C. where they toured the city. Clarence was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, where he served on the council and was a church elder. He loved being around people and rarely missed a day of conversation attending both morning and afternoon coffee.
When he wasn't working, he was an avid fisherman and not only took care of his large garden, but used the produce to can and bake. Some of his favorite fishing holes were the rock quarry and Lake Anita.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughters, Gretchen (Dennis) Beer of Anita, Marcia (Paul) Gettler of Adair & Marlene (Ron) Wheatley of Adair; grandchildren, Brianne (Nathan) Jarrett of Des Moines, Shannon (Travis) Nordyke of Las Vegas, Nathan (Lindsay) Gettler of Fort Collins, CO, Brett (McKenzie) Gettler of Casey, Natalie Gettler of Omaha, Taylor (Katie Lents) Wheatley of Adair, Monica (Matt) Fagan of Adair, and Stacy (Travis) Huss of Adair; great-grandchildren, Payton, Beckham, and Ryker Jarrett, Avery Gettler, Carley, Belle and Joseph Fagan, and Jerzee and Brystol Huss; niece, Patty Maca; nephew, Ron (Lori) Wogan; and many other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Hattie Bartels; sisters, Dorothy Johnson and one in infancy; and nephew, Rick Maca.
Open visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at Roland's. Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, August 9th at Roland Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Ken Davidson officiating. Interment will be in the Atlantic Cemetery.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Clarence's family and his arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF
August 30, 1929 ~ Nodaway, Iowa
ENTERED INTO REST
Thursday, August 6, 2015 ~ Atlantic, Iowa
At the age of
85 years, 11 months & 5 days
11:00 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2015
Zion Lutheran Church ~ Atlantic, Iowa
Pastor Ken Davidson
MUSICAL SELECTIONS BY CONGREGATION
“Songs of Thankfulness and Praise” #394
“Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng” #813
“I Know That My Redeemer Lives” #461
“Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise” #680
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Todd and Bretta Granner
Cole and Faye Dreyer
Atlantic Cemetery ~ Atlantic, Iowa
Clarence’s family invites friends & relatives to join them
for lunch in the fellowship hall following the committal service.