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Daniel Bertels of Centralia, was born on May 11, 1952 to his father Gerald Bertels and mother Agnes Aulbur Bertels. He died on August 31, 2007.
The life he lived in those years was noteworthy in many respects. Born with preternaturally large hands and an uncanny understanding of the art of persuasion, young Daniel was drawn to the mason?s trade. It was this way that he provided for his wife Jane-Ann, son Brice and daughter Whitney through both good times and bad.
But Daniel was not always a bricklayer. He graduated from Truman State University with a degree in biology and went on to pursue a life as park ranger. But the call of the brick and trowel could not be denied and he returned to his destined trade.
It would be unjust to not mention Daniel?s love of the outdoors. He hunted, fished and traveled all of his life, finding peace especially in the rugged hinterlands of Wyoming and Montana. They suited him. It has been said that God made man and gave him dominion over the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air and over every living thing that moveth the earth. Soon afterwards, he gave Daniel a firearm and a fishing pole, and the rest is history.
The truth is that the life of Daniel Bertels cannot be distilled into a few words or written on a single page. The person Daniel was transcends the events of life. He was clever, intelligent, hard-working-but most of all he was a kind, gentle-hearted man. All who knew him will miss him.
A memorial celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2007 at Twin Lakes Lodge near Mexico from 1:30pm till 5:00pm.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be direction to The Daniel Bartels Memorial Scholarship which has been established in his memory at the First National Bank in Mexico.