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Wayne LeRoy Bartels

May 1, 1939 — March 31, 2018

Wayne LeRoy Bartels was born to Otto and Ida (Damrow) Bartels on May 1, 1939 in Chase County, Nebraska. He graduated high school in Chase County and went on to take some college courses. Wayne was united in marriage to Donna Maye Kunnemann on July 29, 1962 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial, Nebraska. The family made their home in Chase County on the farm on “The Divide” where Wayne lived his entire life.

Wayne was a lifelong farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Farmers Cooperative and of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rural Wauneta. When not working, Wayne enjoyed to do metal work and restoring his John Deere 730. He enjoyed his grandkids, water skiing, fishing, camping and traveling to Alaska.

Wayne Bartels passed away early Saturday morning, March 31, 2018 at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln. He was 78 years of age.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna; son, Carl and sister, Betty.

Survivors Include:
Daughter: Carla McKinney and Husband, Greg, of Lincoln, Nebraska
4 Grandchildren: Michael McKinney, Emily Zarate, Sarah McKinney and Larissa Tomlinson
Brother, Dale Bartels and wife, Barbara of Arizona
Sister, Barbara Cooper and husband, Jerry of Nevada
Sister, Lois Glover of Texas
Brother, Allen Bartels and wife, Joyce of Tennessee
Brother-in-law, Paul Kunnemann and wife, Lorna, of Imperial, Nebraska

Funeral Services for Wayne Bartels will be held 10:00 A.M. (MT), Friday morning, April 6, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Wauneta with Pastor Keith Wellman officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Wauneta.

Visitation will be held Thursday afternoon, April 5, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (MT) at the funeral home in Imperial.

A memorial has been established in Wayne’s memory.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Liewer Funeral Homes - Imperial

841 Court Street, Imperial, NE 69033

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Friday, April 6, 2018

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

33851 726 Road, Wauneta, NE 69045

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