Steve Bertels

Steve Robert Bertels

Friday, February 21st, 1958 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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Steven Robert Bertels, 61, of Evans, CO formerly of Nortonville, KS died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 at the Atchison Hospital after a fast battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Friday, Oct. 25th, 2019 at the O’Trimble Chapel, 329 Main St, Nortonville, KS with Rev. Francis Nelson from the Redemption Center Church, Topeka, KS officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Nortonville, KS. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 24th, 2019 at the O’Trimble Chapel, Nortonville, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to Ducks Unlimited or National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Words of comfort and remembrance may be left online at

Steve was born on Feb. 21, 1958 in Winchester, KS the son of Robert J. and Elizabeth (King) Bertels. He graduated from Jefferson County North High School in 1976. Steve was a painter and artist specializing in wildlife. He had won the Kansas Fish & Game Turkey Stamp Award in 1987 and won 2nd place for Duck Stamp Award. Steve had worked at Lowes while living in Washington State and presently was a driver for the Cannon Bake House in Colorado. He was a member of the Generations Church, Greely, CO and a former member of the Knights of Columbus, and Nortonville Jaycees. Steve enjoyed fishing and camping and was an outdoorsman.

He was married to Dena Larison n in the spring of 1978 and they were later divorced. Survivors include two sons, Jeremy and wife Cessnee Bertels, Rodgers, AR and Shane Bertels, Ozawkie, KS, a daughter, Kristy Bertels, Kansas City, MO, three brothers, Kenneth L. Bertels, Valley Falls, KS, Ronald E. (Brenda) Bertels, Nortonville, KS, and Darin W. Bertels, Yelm, WA, six sisters, Cynthia (Ronald) Kesse, Cummings, KS, Sherry (Greg) Wagner, Nortonville, KS, Lynette M (Raymond) Chmidling, Nortonville, KS, Denise R. Jones, Yukon, OK, Lisa (Matt) Swygert, Kansas City, MO, and Dawn (John) Worley, Topeka, KS, and two grandchildren, Maya and Matthew Bertels, Rodgers, AR. and life partner, Gail Strausheim, of the home in Evans, CO. His parents, and two brothers, Bryan J and Gary W Bertels preceded him in death.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    O'Trimble Funeral Hme
    329 Main
  • Service

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 2:00pm
    O'Trimble Funeral Home
    329 Main
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  • Interment

    St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery
    59 HWY and County Line (206th) St
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Lisa gray

Posted at 11:14pm
Will always remember the camping trips with Steve and conversations around the campfire. Will truly be missed

Donna Moranville

Posted at 08:33am
My thoughts and prayers are with Gail and all of Steve’s family during this time of such deep loss. Steve was a terrific artist, but even more so, a terrific person. I know he will be missed greatly. - Donna (Schneider) Moranville

Nicholas A.Miller

Posted at 12:49pm
I will miss Steve and our talks about painting and life experiences. Steve would show up every day picking up and dropping off a truck load of bread with a good attitude .Wildlife was a love he had so he would capture that moment in his paintings.He will always live on in my stories and memories for the rest of my days .Thank you for the times we had laughed and vented about everyday things.Good bye my friend RIP

Shalon Gage

Posted at 12:07pm
I worked with Steve at Canyon for the last few years. He was an amazing man who had a heart of gold! He could always put anyone in a better mood within seconds! It is easy to get in a bad mood sometimes but Steve would remind everyone you have to start over the next day with a positive attitude....not holding onto grudges. That was great advice and something I am working more on daily, even more now. He was a very sweet man and I am going to miss him. It is hard coming to work knowing he is not here but I know he is no longer in pain. I am grateful to have been able to know Steve and he has humbled many of us through his life and through his passing. I am going to miss his laugh, his spirit and most of all his smile. We will never forget you Steve. Thank you for everything you did for me and all the memories. We love you forever!

Terry Rule

Posted at 12:05pm
Sorry to hear about Steve. A very talented artist. RIP. Terry and Peggy Rule

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