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Wayne Bartels

August 11, 1953 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 66)


Wayne Bartels, 66, of Stephen, MN, passed on at Hillcrest Senior Living in Red Lake Falls, MN on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Wayne Glen was born on August 11, 1953 to William and Margaret (Simonson) Bartels, Sr. He grew up in Stephen, MN and attended school in both Stephen and Warren, MN. Wayne had life struggles, experiences and adventures few could ever imagine or understand.  Wayne genuinely liked everyone and loved to visit with people. Wayne worked at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, American Crystal Sugar in Drayton, ND, for various farmers, the Grand Forks Herald, DAC in Thief River Falls and worked with anhydrous.

Wayne loved nature and the outdoors and was especially kind to animals.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, bowling, detailing cars, listening to music and watching old western movies. He taught us immeasurable lessons in compassion and that the simplest things in life can truly bring you the most joy.

We will miss his witty sense of humor. We want to thank everyone who played an important role in his life.

Wayne is survived by his brother, William (Edie) Bartels, Jr and sister Marilyn (Richard) Smart, nieces and nephews, Aaron (Cassandra) Bartels, Cory Bartels, Ryan (Joni) Bartels, Gretchen (Brent) Johnson, Stephanie (Jeremiah) Roberson, Trent (Lisa) Smart, Lucas (Chelsea) Smart; aunt Wilma Simonson, uncle DelRoy Lieberg, cousins, grand nieces and grand nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Bartels Sr, mother Margaret Bartels, grandparents, aunts and uncles.

FUNERAL SERVICE: Because of the COVID-19 social restrictions, a private family funeral service will take place at DuBore Funeral Home.

INTERMENT: Wayne will be buried next to his parents in Stephen Cemetery, Stephen, MN.


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