Kent L. Bartl, 78, Kindred, North Dakota, died in his home on Saturday, April 2, 2016, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, surrounded by family. Kent was born February 17, 1938, at Forman, North Dakota, to Frank and Margaret (McFarland) Bartl of rural Stirum, North Dakota. He was raised on a farm near Stirum and attended the Stirum Public School.
At the age of 17, Kent entered the United States Army and received his basic and advanced military training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In early 1956, along with his assigned company, he sailed for Gelnhausen, Germany, where they were combined to form the 3rd Armored Division. In July, 1957, upon the completion of his active tour of duty, Kent returned home where he began working for the North Dakota Department of Highways. Kent was involved in many road and bridge construction projects including the construction of Interstate 94, Interstate 29, the tri-level bridge in Fargo and every bridge between Hillsboro and the South Dakota border. After his retirement from the North Dakota Department of Transportation in 1997, Kent continued his career traveling to various states working on road projects for a private company based in Rogers, Minnesota and Anaheim, California. In 2003, Kent spent his last year in road construction working for an engineering company in West Fargo.
In 1962, Kent married Mardell Smith at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Lisbon, North Dakota. They spent their first five years of marriage living in Oklahoma City before moving to Kindred, North Dakota in 1968 where they raised their four daughters.
Kent will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 53 years, Mardell; daughters, Lorie (Chad) Kortgard, Becky (John) Flaa, Angie Hochhalter (friend Chad Gunter) and Vikki (Ryan) Nielsen; nine grandchildren, Alex and Josh Kortgard, Travor and Teddy Flaa, Dustin and Ashley Hochhalter, Megan, Emma and Jack Nielsen; one great- granddaughter, Mirra Lynae Rand. He is also survived by many special family members and friends whom he loved dearly. Kent was lovingly welcomed into eternity by his parents, father and mother in-law Earl and Elizabeth Smith, brother Elwood, sisters Marlys and Betty, and several dear relatives that held a special place in his heart. Kent’s greatest pride was his family. Nothing gave him more joy than spending time with his grandchildren.