On Wednesday, April 3, Ted Bartels, loving husband, father of four, and grandfather of 12 passed away at the age of 79. With a whistle and the jingle of spare change in his pocket, you could usually hear Ted Bartels before you could see him. You could hear Ted singing in the United Methodist Choir, teaching Sunday School, and reading to kids at the family day care center, Bartels’ Kiddyland. You could see Ted riding his bike to school, to church, and to the flower shop. Ted gave his time to make the lives of others a little happier. His legacy lives on in the lives of those he touched. Ted was born in a house about 20 miles east of Rice Lake, Wisconsin on May 27, 1939. When he was four years old, his family moved to Minneapolis. After tragedies that took the lives of two of his uncles, his folks decided to move back to the Rice Lake area. In 1957, Ted graduated from Rice Lake High School and then spent four years in the Navy with deployments to Alaska and Japan. After being discharged, he spent two years attending the Barron County Teachers College. During that time, he married Marlene Stearns. He taught in Ridgeland, Wisconsin for the next three years while attending UW-River Falls. Ted starting teaching in New Richmond in 1968 and taught there for 29 years. During that time he earned a Master’s Degree in Reading Education. He taught reading to inmates at the Stillwater Prison, grade 3 in Star Prairie, Title I, and grades 4 and 5 in New Richmond. He was also involved in the JCs, Lions, the New Richmond Fire Department, the Cub Scouts, and Sunday School at the United Methodist Church. After retirement, Ted delivered flowers for Allen’s Flower Shop and Shoots & Stems which filled his passion for making people smile. He was also a custodian for the United Methodist Church in New Richmond. He and Marlene were virtually inseparable, bringing meals and communion to people who couldn’t come to church, driving the church van, and attending community events. Ted was preceded in death by his father, Merrill, his mother, Elsie, and his brother Jack. He is survived by his wife, Marlene, his four children Todd (Robin) Bartels, Terry Bartels, Tracy (Mike) Preece, Kenna (Lance) Swiggum and 12 grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11 am at the New Richmond United Methodist Church 209 E 2nd Street New Richmond, WI. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 4-8 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services 728 S Knowles Avenue New Richmond, WI and on Friday from 10-11 am at the church. Interment will be in New Richmond Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.