Leslie L. Bartels, age 82, of Glencoe, passed away on Wed., Jan. 5, 2011, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe. Funeral services were held Mon., Jan. 10, 2011, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Ronald Mathison officiated.
Leslie Louis Wilhelm Bartels was born on October 7, 1928, in Glencoe. He was the son of Henry and Anna (Jahnke) Bartels. Leslie was baptized as an infant on October 21, 1928, by Rev. E. Kolbe, and was later confirmed in his faith on March 29, 1942, by the Rev. Alf. Streufert both at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. He received his education at District #38 country school. Leslie entered active military service in the United States Army on December 7, 1950, and served his country in Korea for two years during the war. He received an Honorable Discharge on September 6, 1952.
On September 10, 1950, Leslie was united in marriage to the love of his life, Gladys (Gruer) Bartels at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn. The marriage was blessed with three children, Gary, Gloria and Debra. Leslie and Gladys resided in St. Paul, Minnesota, after Leslie returned from the military. Then they moved to Glencoe, in 1953, where they started farming. They shared 60 years of marriage.
Leslie farmed all his life until retiring in 1991. He was a charter and life member of the New Auburn VFW Post #7266, holding various positions including Post Commander, and a member of the Gaylord American Legion. Leslie was also a charter member of the Sibley County Pork Producers, holding many positions including President, served as a board member at Midland Coop in Glencoe, and was a leader in the Weeping Willow 4-H club in Sibley County, spending many hours teaching and helping his children with their projects. He was a faithful member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, served on the church council and was a member of the Men’s Club.
Leslie enjoyed fishing, hunting and dancing to old time music. Farming, which he loved, along with John Deere equipment was always in his blood. After retirement, Leslie and Gladys spent their winters in Naples, Florida, and Leslie started woodworking and woodcarving as a hobby. He was a hard working and honest individual, whom was well respected in the community. Leslie loved visiting with people and cherished the time spent with his family and friends.
Leslie is survived by his wife, Gladys Bartels of Glencoe; daughters, Gloria Callahan and her husband, David, of Chiang Mai, Thailand, Debra Gilberts and her husband, Algene, of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Joseph Callahan and his wife, Julie, of Buffalo, Jason Callahan and his wife, Esther of New Hope, Hanna Hutton and her husband, Nathan, of Lakeville; step grandchildren, Christine Gilberts of Canyon Falls, Kimberly Aronson of Northfield; great-grandchildren, Brittany Dean, Brody Hutton; step great-grandchildren, Steven Aronson, Caitlin Callahan, Christian Callahan, Alissa Maanum, Mitchell Maanum; siblings, Mabel Tabaka of Columbia Heights, Ramona Oxborough and her husband, John, of Minneapolis, Verda Scheele and her husband, Ed, of Naples, FL, Marvin Bartels and his wife, Pat, of North Platte, NE; sisters-in-law and Brothers-in-Law, Marlys Anderson of Norwood Young America, Elizabeth Bettcher and her husband, Lewis, of Lester Prairie, Pearl Ortloff and her husband, Kenneth, of Glencoe; nieces, nephews, Other relatives and many friends.
Leslie is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Anna Bartels; son, Gary Bartels; infant brother; brother and sister-in-law, Karl Bartels and his wife, Helen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosa Gebhardt and her husband, Leonhard, Mildred Stenzel and her husband, Albin; brothers-in-Law, Clarence LaMott, Stan Tabaka.