Webster: George Bartell, 86, of Webster died on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at St Anthony's Catholic Church in Bristol with burial in the Bristol Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary. Visitation will continue at the church on Saturday.
Family prefers memorials directed to the Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry, P.O. Box 235, Webster, SD 57274.
George Edward Bartell was born on Monday, Feb. 22, 1926, to Martin and Bertha (Fromberg) Bartell, on the family farm in Oak Gulch Township, Day County, S.D., near Crandall. He attended country school near his home and graduated from Webster High School in 1944. After he received his education, he farmed with his father and brother, Gerald. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean Conflict. After his honorable discharge in 1954, he returned to the family farm.
On Oct. 15, 1955, he was united in marriage to Alice Cunningham at Conde. After their marriage, the couple continued to live and farm on the Bartell family farm. In 1962, they bought their own farm in Oak Gulch Township, but continued to farm with his brother. He also drove school bus for Bristol Schools for 15 years, retiring in 1995. In Sept. 1999, the couple moved to Webster.
He was currently a member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Webster. He was active in the Museum of Wildlife, Science and Industry in Webster, Andover Threshing, Day County Democrats, 4-H and was a Hunter Safety Course Instructor for many years. He was a member of the Dakotah Territory Muzzle Loaders and active in the Rendezvous re-enactments, where he was known as Sweetwater. He also enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, fishing, collecting, was an avid reader, Indian history and native culture. He was one of the last founding members of the local Izaak Walton League.
Survivors include his wife, Alice, of Webster; seven children: Janet (Matt) DeBow of Camp Crook; Karen (Merrill) Olson of Pierre; Joan (Rick) Swim of Springview, Neb.; Monica (Russell) Larson of Webster, Allen (& fiance, Leslie) Bartell of Trinity, Texas; Brenda (LaDell) Sattler of Worthing; and Mike (Jaime) Bartell of Parker; one brother, Gerald (Mary Anne) Bartell, of Bristol; eleven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant sons; and a brother, Maurice.