Irvin James Bartels, age 77, of Monroe passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of John and Ann (McKillip) Bartels on May 31, 1944 in Monroe. He spent all of his childhood growing up on a farm. His family moved several times, Irvin attended 13 different schools; he was a graduate of Monroe High School. He furthered his education by completing the UW Short Course. Irvin was united in marriage to Constance “Connie” Gale on August 17, 1968 in Rock Falls, IL. In his mid-twenties he decided to pursue other opportunities, after being employed at the steel mill in Sterling, IL for a number of years, they decided to move to Wisconsin to become dairy farmers. Their love of farming kept them both here for the remainder of what was yet to come.
While living out his dream on the farm, they were blessed with four children. While farming with his family, he had the desire to become more involved with the community. That led to his 15 years of service on the Juda Fire Department, and also 8 years on the Juda School Board. He also played a strong role in forming the Monroe Rural Fire Department; where he was considered an Honorary Member. He was also a member of the Monroe Moose Lodge #754 and enjoyed being part of a bowling league and having a few Bud Lights.
After making the decision to remove himself from his dream of farming, he decided to start his own sandblasting/painting business; his business has grown throughout the years to become very well known in the area, with his youngest son taking the reins. Having his son take over allowed Irvin to concentrate on his wife, kids, family, and enjoying life to the fullest. He never complained about the difficulties that were presented to him and his family. He always had a positive attitude and thought “life was good!” no matter what, even when times were tough. Irvin was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He had a special place in his heart for all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; they brought him so much joy. He will be missed by all that he touched. He taught his family to always stand up for what you believe in but remember to remain humble and kind. He was very proud of his family.
Irvin is survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Connie; four sons, Jim (Rhonda), Michael (Kelly), Curt (Patti), and Nick (Emily) Bartels; 13 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Judy Babler; and brothers, John (Pam), Bill, and Bob (Pam) Bartels.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann Bartels; Connie’s parents, John and Margaret Gale; brother, Gary Bartels; and brothers-in-law, Terry Babler and David Devries.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, June 18, 2021 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home with Chaplain Willy Little officiating. Burial will take place following service at Kelly Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 4:00-7:00PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Irvin’s name. Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.
A Celebration of Irvin’s life will take place immediately following the burial at Mike and Kelly Bartels, W7505 Hwy 11, Monroe.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tammy Martin. She has been a true blessing for us all. The care that she has provided for Irv and Connie will be treasured and never forgotten. THANK YOU!