Memorial service planned for Mike Hartzell, aka ‘Bones’ of Rice Street

A memorial service is planned next week for Michael Hartzell, who was better known along Rice Street by his nickname “Bones.”

The Vietnam War veteran died Sunday at the age of 71 after 45 years of living on the street under the care of Rice Street business owners, who gave him hot meals in exchange for shoveling and sweeping the sidewalks.

Tiffany Weber, a resident of St. Paul’s North End, assembled this collage of photos of Mike “Bones” Hartzell through the years. Hartzell died Sunday, Dec.<br />2, 2018 at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. Hartzell, a Vietnam veteran,<br />lived on and cared for Rice Street’s sidewalks for more than 40 years.(Courtesy of Tiffany Weber)

An obituary posted Tuesday at described Hartzell as a “steward of Rice Street” and U.S. Army veteran who served in Korea and the Vietnam War.

A memorial gathering will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Bradshaw Funeral Home, 1078 Rice St. There will be a time of sharing at 3 p.m. and a prayer service at 4 p.m. A community gathering at the Klub Haus, 1079 Rice St., will follow.

Fundraising continues for a memorial bench for Hartzell. His friends have opened a benefit account at the Royal Credit Union on Rice Street. Donations can be made at any branch for the Mike Bones Hartzell Memorial Fund.

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