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PARKERSBURG — Dennis Bartels, 75, and Sharon Bartels, 73, both of Parkersburg, died Dec. 2 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident north of Parkersburg.

Dennis was born Oct. 10, 1941, in rural Aplington, son of Edward and Lydia (Johnson) Bartels. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1960. Sharon was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Iowa Falls, daughter of Echo and Gladys (Geiken) Mennen. She graduated from Aplington High School in 1961. The couple married June 21, 1963, at Bethel Reformed Church, rural Aplington.

The couple made their home in Parkersburg and moved to their current acreage in 1974, where they farmed and raised cattle. Through the years, Dennis was a school bus driver for the Parkersburg School District. He also worked at Kyhl’s Chevrolet in Parkersburg, Farmland Foods in Iowa Falls, sold Mooreman Feed, and retired from the University of Northern Iowa Power Plant in Cedar Falls in 2010. Sharon worked at Plastonics in Grundy Center, ASGROW Seed Co. in Aplington, and later in food services for the Aplington-Parkersburg Schools.

Survived by: two daughters, Stacy (Steve) Whitmire of Parkersburg and Shelby (Dan) Brouwer of Aplington; a son, Daran (Mary) of Newton; eight grandchildren, Ashley Wangsness, Amber (Nick) Cordes, Levi Whitmire, Alex Bartels, Alyssa Bartels, Aaron Bartels, Hunter Brouwer and Jaxson Brouwer; three great-grandchildren, Kolbie, Brylie and Kaden Wangsness and a great-granddaughter on the way; Sharon’s sisters, Marjorie Junker of Parkersburg, Irma (Clarence) Diekman of Waverly, Joyce (Ronald) Brocka of Parkersburg, Shirley Lupkes of Parkersburg, Janice Johnson of Parkersburg, Glenda VanderHolt of Parkersburg, Carol (Wayne) Aukes of Wellsburg, Judy (Larry) Pruisner of Parkersburg and Kathy (Larry) Koppedryer of Waverly; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: their parents; and four brothers-in-law, John Junker, LeRoy Lupkes, Harlan Johnson and Willard VanderHolt.

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Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at First Congregational Church with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, both in Parkersburg. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church, as well as an hour before services. Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Parkersburg is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: to the family.

Online condolences at www.redman-schwartz.com.

The couple enjoyed doing nearly everything together. Dennis was a member of the Butler County Cattlemen’s Association.

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