Ken was born on December 12, 1925 in Bogus Brook Township, Mille Lacs County, son of William and Lillie (Hamann) Bartz.
He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton. He grew up on the family farm in Bogus Brook Township and attended country schools. He graduated from Princeton High School.
He served in the U.S. Marines from March of 1944 until May of 1946, during World War II and was wounded at Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945, for which he received the Purple Heart. He was united in marriage with M. Phyllis McBroom on June 25, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Milaca. They farmed just north of Zion Church until retiring from farming in 2000, when they moved in to Princeton. He had also worked as a carpenter beginning in 1959 and built homes, remodeled homes and helped his farm neighbors with their carpentry needs.
Ken served as the Princeton Township assessor for 24 years, served on the Zion Church Council, was president of the Princeton Co-op Credit Union Board and also served as the Lutheran Laymen’s League Rum River Circuit president for over 20 years. His hobbies were woodworking and traveling.
He is survived by his wife: M. Phyllis Bartz of Princeton; sons James (Maureen) Bartz of Princeton and Jere (Sandy) Bartz of Ogilvie; daughter Carol (John) Hulett of Princeton; seven grandchildren: Jamie (Valerie) Bartz, Jessica (Jon) Lasserre, Jeffrey Bartz, Curtis Hulett, Kari (Paul) Allen, Joshua (Sarah) Bartz, and Cody Bartz; eight great-grandchildren;
brother David Bartz of Anoka and a sister Betty (Gerry) Olson of Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Lillie Bartz and brother Roy Bartz.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 31 at Zion Lutheran Church, Princeton. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Princeton.