Written by The Herald-News
Marvin Wesley Bartel, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the Faith Lutheran Home in Wolf Point.
He was born Jan. 18, 1923, on the family homestead north of Wolf Point to Cornelius and Martha (Schroe -der) Bartel.
When he was five years old, he and his twin brother, Monroe, started first-grade at the Pioneer School two miles east of the farm. They only spoke German before attending school. He continued his education there through the eighth-grade and started high school in Wolf Point. He boarded in town during the week and in the winter months, sometimes staying with his brother, Clarence, or his sister, Hilda. He drove back and forth to school in a Model A coupe in later high school years. He graduated from Wolf Point High School with the class of 1941.
The ‘boys’ then returned to the farm and bought it from their parents in 1948.
On June 4, 1950, he married Janice Gunn in a double wedding ceremony with Monroe and Wilma. They all lived together on the family farm until they bought the Earl Maltby place two miles south and Marvin and Janice moved there. They had three children. She died in January 1988 and he married Lila Toavs Schmidt in December 1989. She died in March 2005.
He lived for 82 years on the farm until he moved to the Harada House east of Wolf Point due to declining health. He later moved to the Faith Home in Wolf Point.
He was a lifetime member of the Bethel Mennonite Church where he was baptized by Rev. Albert Ewert. He served on the church board, building committee and as a Sunday school teacher for many years. He also served on the Wolf Point School board for 14 years, nine of those years serving as chairman, and on the Montana State School Board for six years with one year as president. Other areas where he served in the community were as the Roosevelt County Farm Bureau board president, eastern Montana director for the Mennonite Disaster Service and as an insurance adjustor for Mennonite Insurance.
He was an avid reader, especially enjoying Montana history books and keeping up with all the latest political and farm issues. He also enjoyed visits, phone calls and letters from his family.
He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, James; a brother, Clarence; two sisters, Hilda Laubach and Evelyn Lentzner; and two infant sons.
He is survived by a son, Rodney of Wolf Point; two daughters, Meredith Reddig of Lustre and Wendy Higley of Flower Mound, Texas; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Monroe of Wolf Point.
Burial was held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Wolf Point Bethel Mennonite Cemetery north of Wolf Point, with the funeral service following at Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel.