Walter A. Bartel
Walter was born on January 3, 1926, to Peter V. and Bienna Kliewer Bartel. He passed away on December 11, 2019, at the Fairview Fellowship Home. Walt was born west of Isabella at the "Patzkowsky place". Walter attended Peerless, Elm Grove, & Progressive Schools. He attended one year of "German School" just south of Fairview and one year at Corn Bible Academy and graduated from Fairview High School.
Dad talked about pulling his coaster wagon under the faucet of the kerosene drum, filling it up and delivering it to his customers when he was around 4 years old. Grandpa Pete put a stop to that. At one point in the early years there were a lot of chicken hawks in the blackjack trees in the area they lived and Grandpa Pete raised a lot of chickens so the hawks were a problem. Grandpa offered the boys a nickel for every egg or baby hawk they would get out of the trees. Dad fell and broke his arm trying to earn a little money and grandma put an end to that business venture. Dad confessed his faith thru baptism in the Nickel sand pit on the south side of the Cimarron River by Orienta in 1941. Dad was ingenious and curious once putting a .38 rifle shell in a vice and hitting it with a hammer and blowing off the end of his forefinger. He talked about building a miniature hay baler when he was a boy. During high school Dad's Sister Elsie often had Glendora June Fast over on Sunday afternoons after church. When dad was 20 and mom was 16 he started paying a little closer attention to her. Dad tells a story about having seen mom a couple times when another young man from Lahoma became interested in June and as dad put it "I made sure she never needed to be asked out by anyone else again"! Walter and June dated until she graduated High School and were married on August 26, 1948. They left the church in Dad's 1941 Maroon Chevy Club Coupe. Dad told the story of their reservation at the air conditioned Youngblood Hotel in Enid for their honeymoon and when they arrived realized it wasn't guaranteed and ended up at the Oxford Hotel that was not air conditioned. They continued on to Wichita and stayed in a nice motel about 1 mile north of downtown for 3 nights and then one night with Wes & Loretta Eitzen at Buhler before returning home.
They settled into life at the "Epp place" southeast of the Progressive school. After several moves Lonnie Allen was born into the picture on March 11, 1950. They settled into a newer house at 9 Legion Drive in Fairview. The family picture changed again on July 1, 1959, when Jay Lynn was born in the Okeene hospital.
Dad worked at Cornelsen Motor Co. and Hallren's Turkey plant then for Vick Smith in the welding business. He was in partnership with his brother Carl for a time and then farming and at one point wanted to be the biggest farmer in Major County. A short time of farming and he went back to welding and using his engineering/inventing skills. After a time he and his brother-in-law Don Martens finally ended up as long term business partners in Fairview Pipe & Supply which later became Waldon, Inc. Everyone in the area knows the impact that Waldon had on northwest Oklahoma. Dad often talked about many experiences they had in business at Waldon. Don and Walt's partnership was a very big part of life for 26 years. Later he invested in LaMunyon Drilling Corporation and Cimarron Acid Service.
In 1983 Walt and Don sold their business and retirement began. Dad bought a quarter of land south of town that has become known as the "Bartel Farm". He spent countless hours there during retirement improving the property with ponds, roads, and dams to create fishing areas for people and family to enjoy. Dad was always in town at breakfast, lunch, and dinner to take mom out to the donut shop, Frank's Country Kitchen, or other Fairview diners. Mom and Dad generally had a "driving route" around town on their way home from eating out. You probably knew if your street was on the route. Dad took his 6 grandsons to the farm frequently to work on a project but that usually included some fishing and a granola bar for a snack. Dad and mom always had an open dining policy for any of the family to join them for any meal out. This policy was often taken advantage of by the grandsons and their friends at the Pizza Hut during meals.
During these retirement year's mom and dad traveled to the northeast US for a fall leaf tour, countless trips to Branson for summer as well as Christmas music seasons, yearly music festivals at Guthrie, Elk City, and Eureka Springs. If there was some good old music like the "Chuck wagon Gang" or "Umy and the Good timers" you would find them there. Dad loved music and loved being with "Junie". Mom and dad slowed down in 2012 but still got out 3 times a day to eat and visit with the regulars around town. In May of 2014 Dad's health changed and he became a resident of the Fairview Fellowship Home. Mom was able to visit several times a week and in December 2014 she moved to an apartment at the FFH but after a short time experienced health decline and Mom passed rather quickly in March 2015. After that dad missed her greatly and you would very seldom visit without him commenting on "Junie" being gone. Often he would ask "I wonder what she is doing up there?" or comment on other loved ones who had joined her. Dad was always very stable and even-tempered and it seems nothing shook him much. This didn't change during his years in the nursing home.
Dad says they were poor growing up but his parents were generous and gave of what they had. Dad adopted that generous attitude from his parents. Dad often told the story when he was early married him and Mom became serious about giving money back to the Lord and he would tell you his financial life really started to change at that point. Several of Walt's grandkids have campouts at the Bartel Farm a couple times a year. One year they made T-shirts for the campout and the grandkids friends put a picture of dad on the back of the T-shirt with a quote they picked up from dad. "You can't outgive God" - Walt Bartel. Dad didn't talk a lot of spiritual talk but boy howdy did he walk it. Waldon sent groups of employees to Campus Crusade for Christ to learn about the savior as well as dad supported so many missionary, charity, community efforts over his lifetime as well as provided leadership on many boards and organizations.
Dad, Grandpa Walt, Great-grandpa, we will most remember and miss his generosity, self-control, and gentle attitude toward life.
Walter is survived by children Lonnie & Cindy Bartel, Jay & Brenda Bartel, grandchildren Jayson & KayCee Bartel, Matt & Stacy Bartel, Paul & Amanda Bartel, Jon & Ashley Bartel, Scott & Braden Hisey/Bartel, Craig & Chaera Bartel, step grandchildren Jason & Chelsey Ewing, Darcy James, & 17 great-grandchildren. Walter is preceded in death by his mother and father, wife June, sister's Erna, Elfrieda, Elsie, and brother Marvin.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church with Pastor Marlin Hiett officiating. Interment will follow in the South M.B. Cemetery under the direction of Pierce Funeral Home, Fairview, OK. Visitation with the family present will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Sunday evening. The family requests memorials may be made to the Fairview Fellowship Home in care of Pierce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 15, Fairview, OK 73737. Condolences may be made online at
Published on December 13, 2019


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