Richard Elden Bartz, 88 of Rochester, formally of Viola, passed away Tuesday
June 12th 2019 at Rochester East Health Services, where he resided the last
eight and a half years. He was born on February 7th 1931 to Ruben and Anna
(Kriesel) Bartz in the family farm house near Potsdam, MN. In 1934 his family
moved to a farm near Viola, MN. Richard didn’t care much for school and quit
just after he started the 9th grade to help out on the family farm. His passion
was and always has been farming. Richard, after being drafted, left to serve his
1 year 11 month and 1 day deployment from 1952 to 1953 in the Korean War.
He was an ammunition supply specialist in the 450th ammunition company in
France. After returning home, in August of 1954 he met Marlys Spring. After a
world wind romance they were married on May 28th, 1955 in Elgin, MN. They
lived on the family farm where Richard farmed until his son took over and he
continued to help him until 2011.
Richard was a member of the American legion for 66 years. He enjoyed
playing cards, bingo, listening to old tyme music, Farmall tractors, auctions and
attending Viola Gopher Count. Richard loved celebrating his birthday and
considered it one of the major holidays.
Richard will be greatly missed by his family, his extended family at
Rochester East Health Services, especially Ella Hanson whom he considered
one of his granddaughters.
Richard is survived by his wife Marlys, a sister Sharon (Gary) Goodwin of
Belle Plaine MN, a son Richard L (Rosemary) Bartz of Elgin, his daughters
Susan Dieterich of Stewartville, Sally (Chuck) DeWitz, Shila Bartz, Sinde (Terry)
Finnegan, Sheri (Jeremy) Hart all of Rochester. His grandchildren Bob and Jeff
DeWitz, Curtis Dieterich, Brenna and Troy Finnegan, Andrea, William, and
Ethan Hart. Three step grandchildren Krista Johnson, Jasmine Klavetter and
Isaac Staudacher. Three great grandchildren, nine step great grandchildren
and many nieces and nephews.
Richard is proceeded in death by his parents and sister Kathleen
The family would like to thank Rochester East Health Services, St. Croix
Hospice and Pastor Terrill Bramstedt for comfort and care during this difficult
The funeral service will be Tuesday, June 18, 11:00 a.m. at Trinity
Lutheran Church in Elgin, MN with the Reverand Terrill Bramstedt officiating.
The visitation will be Monday, June 17, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Schad and Zabel
Funeral home in Plainview, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church
on Tuesday. Burial will be at the Elgin cemetery with military honors.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, Rochester East Health Service
activities department and Viola Gopher Count are preferred.
Schad & Zabel Funeral Home, 57 3rd St SW, Plainview, MN, 55964, 507-534-