March 4, 2024

Grant County Herald

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Dennis Richard Bartell

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Our dearly loved Denny, age 81, of Cokato, went to Heaven to be with the Lord on January 11, 2024. 

A Celebration of Life was held at New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato, MN at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2024.  

Dennis was born to Richard and Ilene Korte Bartell, on March 12, 1942, in Morris, MN. He grew up helping his dad on the family farm. He was adventurous and enjoyed wrestling, roller-skating and hunting. He graduated from Herman High School, then went on to attend the State School of Science, receiving his degree in Drafting and Design. 

He was a devoted husband and loving father with an unquenchable desire to learn and pursue God. He was witty and wise, a master storyteller and had a charming sense of humor. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, painting and bird watching. His life was an illustration of the greatest commandment to love God and love others. Matthew 22:36-39. Denny made the verse come alive in his service to God and the love he gave others. He was an ordained minister, encourager and mentor to many. 

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marilyn; daughters, Sherry (Roger) Danielson, Roxanne Craven, and Becky Fox; stepdaughter, Terri (Charlie) Miller; stepson, Brian Fitzgerald; sister, Brenda Alcorn; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. 

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Donna Linchangco, Marlene Johnson, and James Bartell.

Denny is now in Heaven greeting people saying, “Good Morning! This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” 

Arrangements were handled by Swanson Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato, MN.

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