Herman Bartels, 88, died Friday evening, Dec. 18, 2009 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church in Chancellor on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m., officiated by Rev. Jeff Poppinga and Rev. Dennis Hansen.

Pallbearers were Curt Bartels, Kerwin Neeman, Dennis Buseman, Loren Harms, Lowell Bartels, and Scott Sittig.

Interment was in the Chancellor Baptist Cemetery.

Herman G. Bartels was born on a farm northeast of Davis, SD, on Dec. 25, 1920, the son of Henry and Tillie
(Poppinga) Bartels. He attended Middleton rural school, District #24 and grew to manhood there.

He was united in marriage to Lucille Ainsworth in 1943. One daughter, Phyllis, was born to this union.

Lucille died on Dec. 24, 1945.

On Sept. 28, 1950 he was united in marriage to Leola Hofer. Herman farmed northeast of Chancellor until 1961 when they moved to their farm southeast of Davis where they had since lived.

Herman was an active and faithful member of First Baptist Church in Chancellor.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille; his father, Henry, on June 7, 1975; his mother, Tillie, on
Sept. 19, 1987, one brother, Gerbert Bartels on Aug. 30, 2008; two brothers-in-law: Henry Buseman and Cecil

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Leola; one daughter: Phyllis Kirschenman and her husband, Ronald, of Freeman; three grandchildren: Leon (Beth) Kirschenman,
Lonnie (Stacey) Kirschenman and Lucinda (Gerrad) Nelson; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers and their wives: Hilbert and Daloris Bartels of Davis and Roger and Jan Bartels of Sioux Falls; three sisters: Annetta Buseman of Davis, Mildred Neeman of Chancellor and Viola Gerdes and her husband, Elmer, of Brandon; a sister-in-law: Verna Bartels of Chancellor; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends (findagrave.com)