H. James Bartels

H. James Bartels 93, Olathe, formerly of Inman and Hays, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 4, 1922, in Hutchinson to Adolf and Clara (Heim) Bartels. He was a 1940 graduate of Inman Rural High School, 1943 graduate of Kansas State University, and a second degree in business administration at KSU after the war.

He was employed by Commerce Bank and Trust Co. after World War II, serving there for 23 years cultivating many friendships and business relationships lasting throughout his life.

In 1970, he and two partners purchased the Farmers State Bank & Trust Co. in Hays, which he managed until 1993 when he sold to Commerce Bank. During the many years he lived in western Kansas he took great pride being an active member of the Hays community which he referred to as the “Pearl on the Prairie.”

He was a member of Blue Hills Country Club in Kansas City since 1962 and enjoyed playing at Smoky Hills Country Club in Hays. He enjoyed all animals, our country and remained opinionated and politically active his entire life. He amazed us with his intense dedication and loyalty to his family and friends, his incredibly strong work ethic, and colorful life stories.

He served as a first lieutenant in the 90th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe during World War II. While a member of the Army Reserve Corp he was called back to active duty and served in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. He received several decorations including the Bronze Star.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Rice Bartels, of 63 years, Olathe; three daughters, Jeannie Slack and husband, Tom, and Janet Euston and husband, Doug, all of Leawood, and Jenny Bartels, Olathe; a sister, Adolyn Bartels, Inman; and five grandchildren, Ryan and Kelsey Slack, Dave, Jimmy, and Brian Euston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert Bartels.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Inman; burial in North Inman Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2715 and American Legion Post No. 24, both of McPherson.

A time of sharing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays.

Memorials are suggested to the Dreiling-Schmidt Cancer Institute of Hays or Kansas State University Staley School in care of the Glidden- Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson.