Donald H. Bartels

Donald H. Bartels
Mr. Donald H. Bartels (retired Postmast of Plainwell, Michigan, ) departed this earthly plane to rejoin his heavenly father on July 5th, surrounded by his loving family in the peaceful setting of his home.
Born May 22, 1927 in Kalamazoo, MI to Bernice Estella & Ethan A. Bartels. Married Iris Elaine Meacham on June 28, 1958 at MillwoodMethodistChurch in Kalamazoo, MI.
He served in the US Marines from 1945-1946. He worked for the Kalamazoo Postal Service until 1972 when he was appointed as Postmaster of Plainwell, MI. He was involved in the Cub Scouts in the 1970’s. He served on the Plainwell City Council from 1980-1984. He was an active member of Plainwell Rotary in which he was a Paul Harris fellow.  He has been a member of the first UnitedMethodistChurch for over 50 years. He served as Sunday school teacher for over 30 years, was a member of the Chancel choir, official board member, and Pastor Parrish Committee member. One of his proudest accomplishments was the completion of the Bethel Bible study.
His mission in life has been fulfilled; to be a good man who provided for his family, loved them, taught them and guided them. He also provided love and care to others who needed him along the way.
He is survived by his loving wife Iris of 50 years, Sons: Timothy Mark and Matthew John (Hali) of Plainwell, Daughter : Wendy Hope Karn (Gary) of Suwanee, GA. Eleven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, Sister: Estella Vipperman, Brother: Herbert Bartels, Sisters-in-Law: Marie Middlestadt & Judy Harrington (Dan), many nieces and nephews, and many friends in Christ.
He was preceded in death by his mother: Estella Page, father: Ethan, sisters: Helen, Dawn and Virginia, and brother-in-law: William Barnes.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Plainwell, MI on Saturday July 12th at 11:00 A.M., officiated by Dr. Harvey Prochnau. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Plainwell, MI or Wings of Hope Hospice.
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