MEADE – Pete R. Bartel, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at the Lone Tree Retirement Center, Meade.
He was born Jan. 23, 1922, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Rempel) Bartel in rural Meade County.
He married Malenda L. Penner Aug. 10, 1952, in Enid, Okla. She died Dec. 13, 2006.
He attended the McNulty Grade School in rural Meade County.
He trained horses, farmed and ranched. During World War II, he joined the 1W service, where he received his training in well drilling. In 1948, he started his career as a well driller, owning and operating Bartel Well Drilling. In addition to the well service, he assisted his wife with the Bartel Bake Shop that they started in 1957. In 1986, he retired from the well business but continued to help at the bake shop.
He was a member of the Emmanuel Mennonite Church of Meade, and a former member of the Kansas Groundwater Association.
He enjoyed crocheting and knitting, making several table clothes and rugs.
He is survived by three sons, Dan Bartel and wife, Teri Ann, Minneola, Reuben Bartel and wife, Jeris, Meade, and Phil Bartel and wife, Maralee, Meade, one daughter, Rachel Schmidt and husband, Norman, Brooklet, Ga.; three brothers, Martin Bartel, Meade, Albert Bartel, Dodge City, and Andy Bartel, Kansas City, Kan.; four sisters, Margaret Reimer, Meade, Elizabeth Betekofer, Hesston, Esther Whiteman, Wichita, and Bertha Seifert, Topeka; and 10 grandchildren
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Katherine Patton and Mary Reimer.
o Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Meade, with the Rev. Ken Harder presiding.
Burial will follow at the Emmanuel Mennonite Church Cemetery in rural Meade.
Friends may call from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary in Meade.
Memorials are suggested to the Kansas Groundwater Association in care of the funeral home.
Personal condolences may be given to the family at www.fidlerormebachmanmortuary.com.