Darrell Eldon Bartell, age 85 of Babbitt, MN, passed away peacefully with family by his side on Saturday April 10, 2021.
Darrell was born to Norma (Rowe) and Eldon Bartell on October 27, 1935 in Remer, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Barbara Miller on October 28, 1951. Darrell worked for Reserve Mining Company for 31 years until he retired. He also worked part time for Phil Clark Cabinetry and remodeled cabins at the Escape Resort in Babbitt.
After retirement Darrell began relief woodcarving. He made several pictures, clocks, bird houses, whirly gigs and wooden toys for his grandchildren. Darrell loved playing the harmonica and going to jams in Arizona. He and Barbara were snowbirds and resided in Yuma, Arizona for 29 years.
Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Eldon Bartell, sister Vivian Bennett and grandson Shawn Parker Bartell.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years Barbara Bartell of Babbitt, MN, sister Faye Bundy of Grand Rapids, MN, brother Lester Bartell, Talmoon, MN, daughter Linda (Dan) Huff of Babbitt, MN, son Rick (Dina Olson) Bartell of St. Paul, MN, son Allen Bartell of Babbitt, MN, son Randy (Carol) Bartell of Richmond, MN and son Darrell (Julie) Bartell JR of Big Lake, MN, 15 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren with another on the way, and three great-great grandchildren with another two on the way. Darrell also was very proud to have Ricky Bush, Babbitt MN as an honorary great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Babbitt, MN. Visitation one hour prior. Please follow social distancing guidelines and masks are required. Graveside service at Argo Cemetery in Babbitt to follow immediately after. A luncheon will be held at the Babbitt Municipal Center gymnasium.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
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