Blake William Bartels

Blake William Bartels age 39 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 as a result of a one vehicle accident near Bloomfield, NE.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10:30 am at the St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee, Nebraska with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the Beaver Creek Cemetery in rural Crofton, Nebraska. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at church on Monday, October 18, 2021. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton, Nebraska.

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Pallbearers are Tony Cardoza, Brandon Huetig, James Pearson, Taylor Schwager, Kane Fiedler, Kylee Cardoza, Konner Cardoza, Marcus Bartels, and Lukas Bartels. Honorary pallbearers are Blake’s nieces, nephews, cabin friends and his trucking family.

Blake was born on August 18, 1982 in Osmond, Nebraska to Bill and Margaret (Fyfe) Bartels. He grew up in Laurel until the 1st grade when his family moved to Hartington. Blake attended elementary at Hartington Public School where he met the love of his life Shandi Marie Heikes.  He attended 7th through 10th grades at Crofton High School. Blake was a three-sport letter winner in track, football, and basketball. He graduated from Hartington Public in 2001. After high school, Blake moved to Lincoln, NE and worked for Husker Auto Group in car sales. He and Shandi were in Lincoln a year before moving back to Hartington.  In 2002, Blake and Shandi had their first child, Payton. During this time, Blake worked as a welder at Wilson Trailer. On September 24th, 2004, Blake married his grade school sweetheart, Shandi. In 2011, Blake and his family moved to Crofton and he worked independently in seed corn sales.  He then started his own trucking company Blake Bartels Transport where he hauled cattle and rock up until his death.

Blake and Shandi had four children – Payton, Paxton, Porter, and Princeton. Blake enjoyed deer hunting, pheasant hunting, and walleye fishing. He took great pride in keeping his semi-trucks in pristine condition with the help of his wife and boys. Blake was larger than life; he loved his music and enjoyed sharing it with everyone.  He spent many weekends boating with his family and friends at their cabin in Sunshine Bottom.  He was the king of snapchat, loved to cook, and earned the title “Grill-Master”.  He was an avid Husker fan, but the love and pride he had for his sons outweighed all.

Blake is survived by his wife, Shandi of Crofton; children, Payton of Norfolk, Paxton, Porter and Princeton all of Crofton; parents, Bill & Margaret Bartels of Yankton, SD; siblings, Nicola Raine of Yankton, SD, Kristi Bartels of Omaha, NE, Kari (Gerald) Randle of Yankton, SD; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arnold and Bobbie Bartels; maternal grandparents, Charles and Margaret Fyfe; sister-in-law, Ashly Carter; and grandfather-in-law, Stuart Heikes.

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31 response to "Blake William Bartels"

  1. By: Carol Fiedler Brandt Posted: October 14, 2021

    My heartfelt condolences to Blake’s family and friends. Saying prayers for all.

  2. By: Steven and Rachel Kudera Posted: October 14, 2021

    Many hearts were broken by your passage Blake. But you will be in those hearts forever.

    Our condolences and prayers to your family and friends. God bless you every one.
    John 16:33
    “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

  3. By: Marjorie Thompson Posted: October 15, 2021

    Bill, Margaret, and families I am so saddened to hear of Blakes passing. I am keeping you all in my prayers daily.

  4. By: linda fyfe Posted: October 15, 2021

    Words cannot express “wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories”. love to all the family. xx

  5. By: Todd & Sonja Havranek Posted: October 15, 2021

    Shandi and boys,
    Our hearts are breaking for you all as there are truly no words that can help ease your grief. Please know we have you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Todd, Sonja and Kinzi

  6. By: Joy Potts Posted: October 15, 2021

    I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and sympathy to your family. Cherish his memories in your hearts forever.

  7. By: Neil Heese Posted: October 15, 2021

    Bill Margaret and family. So sorry to hear about hard.want to visit at a later date. Our sincere sympathy. Neil Nyla and family

  8. By: Star and Steve Smith Posted: October 15, 2021

    Dear Family,
    We are sorry for your loss. Our hearts hurt for you. May God be with you during this time.
    Star and Steve Smith at Laurel

  9. By: Dennis Hutchinson Posted: October 15, 2021

    Shocked and saddened to hear the tragic news of Blake’s passing . Words cannot express:
    Our hearts are breaking , Love to all the family x

  10. By: Sandra McDonald Posted: October 15, 2021

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers 🙏

  11. By: Heather Hegge Posted: October 15, 2021

    Shandi and the entire Bartels Family,

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you all! I have and will continue to keep you all in my prayers! May God be with you all!

    Heather Hegge

  12. By: Chirs Gadeken Posted: October 15, 2021

    Margaret, Bill and Keri,
    I am sorry and shocked to hear of Blake’s passing. You and your entire family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in the terrible time and help to comfort you.
    Chris Gadeken

  13. By: Vernon and Sue Heese Posted: October 15, 2021

    Bill, Margaret, Shandi and boys,
    There are no words that can adequately describe your pain, sorrow and loss. Blake has left a big void in your lives but in return he has left you many wonderful memories. Hold them close to your heart as they will be your comfort.
    Our deepest sympathy and you are in our prayers.
    Vernon and Sue Heese

  14. By: Sandra Boyle Posted: October 16, 2021

    Our hearts are broken Blake will never be forgotten forever in our hearts – Sending our deepest sympathy & heartfelt condolences to My dearest life long best friend Margaret and Bill on the loss of their dearly loved son also to Shandi and her sons on the loss of her beloved husband and father to her sons – RIP Blake 🙏 🇺🇸🇬🇧💔

  15. By: Steve and Cindy Barney Posted: October 16, 2021

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. Please know you are in our prayers.

  16. By: Sandra Boyle Posted: October 16, 2021

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to My dearest life long best friend Margaret & Bill , my heart is breaking for you all , Blake was the best guy ever taking care of everyone with love and great affection ,always looking out for others , lived a full and happy family life which he provided for his family with great pride , fabulous husband to the beautiful Shandi and adoring father to his 4 handsome sons who he was so very proud of everyone of them condolences to you all Shandi ..Sending all our love thoughts and prayers to you all , RIP Blake never to be forgotten this world has lost one of the good guys .. love from Sandra & Ian 🙏💔🇬🇧🇺🇸 Xx

  17. By: Scott & Lisa Posted: October 16, 2021

    Heart broken for all our American family, was absolutely devastating on hearing Blakes passing. Our love and thoughts go out to you all. We love and miss you all. We will always have the memories we all made together. Love Scott & Lisa xx

  18. By: Maureen Fyfe Posted: October 16, 2021

    Sending all our love and condolences to you all. Thinking of you at this sad Time. Lots of love. Maureen, Hugh and Family xxx

  19. By: Michelle Atkinson Posted: October 16, 2021

    Our dear Blake, why oh why was it you. Aunty Margaret, Uncle Bill, Nicola &Kari… and of course Shandi & the boys. We can not express enough love, thoughts and condolences to you all. We have such fond memories of Blake especially in our childhood, our hearts are literally broken for you all. Rest in peace BIG GUY you were so loved. We will meet again one day Blake. Love you xxxxxx

  20. By: Louise Burke Posted: October 16, 2021

    Although we live in different countries the bond of family is always there. We send you our deepest sympathy & love. I’m so grateful for Vegas! Blake you will be missed!!! Love all of your family in Australia x

  21. By: Lori Whalen Posted: October 16, 2021

    Prayers for the whole family.

  22. By: Lee & Alice Johnson Posted: October 16, 2021

    Our deepest sympathies to Blake’s family & friends. May he RIP.

  23. By: Cerits Slusher Posted: October 16, 2021

    So sorry for your loss sending prayers to the family.

  24. By: Heather (Ellis) Baumbach Posted: October 17, 2021

    Your all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I am so very sorry to hear about Blake’s passing. But remember he is watching over each and everyone of you.

  25. By: Cheri McNamee Posted: October 17, 2021

    Blake, our hearts are broken, you certainly were one of the best. Our deepest condolences to All our American Family, Fly high handsome 💔 we love you, Cheri, Michael, Casey & Isla xxx

  26. By: Susan Anderson Posted: October 18, 2021

    Thinking of you all daily Margaret, Bill and family.
    Such a kind caring family man.
    Shandi and the boys he will be looking down on you with love.


  27. By: Glenys Anderson Posted: October 18, 2021

    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Sending love to all the family from Scotland.

  28. By: Debbie & Gary McCafferty Posted: October 18, 2021

    Thinking of you all such heartbreaking news, Blake was one of the best.
    He will be the biggest brightest shining star 🌟
    Sending lots of love

  29. By: Steve and Sheri Edmisten Posted: October 18, 2021

    So sorry to hear this. Sandi and family you are in our prayers.

  30. By: Ann Magers Posted: October 19, 2021

    Dear Margaret and Bill
    I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you everyday. I pray 🙏 for all your family through this time. Love Ann Magers 🇬🇧 🇺🇸

  31. By: ann magers Posted: October 19, 2021

    I am so sorry Margaret and Bill and your family. Sending prayers to all the family. x

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