homepage logo

David M. Bartels, 88

Nov 17, 2019

David Bartels

Spirit Lake, Iowa Funeral services for David Bartels, age 88, of Spirit Lake, Iowa was held Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Interment was held at Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth.

David McClelland Bartels, the son of Ed and Mildred (McClelland) Bartels, was born May 11, 1931 in Jackson. After graduating high school in Frost. David was enlisted into the United States Marines and was honorably discharged in 1954.

On Dec. 18, 1954, David was married to Maxine R. Ihle in Elmore. David worked as a building contractor and lived in Frost, Elmore, and Blue Earth, before moving to Spirit Lake, Iowa in 1987 where he managed McClelland Beach Lakeshore for 37 years, until retirement on Dec. 31, 2016.

David was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, the VFW and had been a volunteer with the Fire Department in Frost. He was a fan of the Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Vikings, enjoyed restoring antique furniture, collecting guns and was a classic and antique car builder-collector and cushman motorcycle builder-collector.

David passed away Nov. 4, 2019, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at 88 years of age.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine Bartels; son, Terry (Susie) Bartels, of Spirit Lake, Iowa; daughter, Tamera (Thomas) Martin, of New Prague; son, Tracy (Sandra) Bartels, of Spirit Lake, Iowa; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Fox and brother, Marshal Bartels.

David as preceded in death by his father, Ed Bartels and mother, Mildred Bartels.

Turner Jenness Funeral Home of Spirit Lake was in charge of arrangements.