Obit: Martens, Leroy (1924 - 2009)
Contact: Audrey Roedl
Surnames: Martens, Wallmow, Severtson
----Source: The Loyal TRG (Loyal, Clark County, Wis. 09 Sept. 2009)
Martens, Leroy (28 DEC 1924-24 SEPT 2009)
Leroy R. Martens, 84, Pelican Rapids, Minn., died on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo, N.D. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, Minn. Intern Pastor Al Brooks and Lay Pastor Al Grothe officiated. Burial was in Rinsaker Cemetery, Pelican Rapids.
Leroy Robert was born on Dec. 28, 1924, in Meeker County, Minn., to Laurence and Frieda (nee Wallmow) Martens. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Meeker County. He attended Litchfield High School. He farmed for several years near Darwin and worked for Minnesota Valley Breeders as a technician for 12 years. On Nov. 3, 1962, he married Dorothy Severtson at First Lutheran Church, Fargo. He managed Park Region Co-op in Pelican Rapids from 1956-73. They moved to Hartford, where he managed the Iron Ridge Co-op until 1977, and he then managed Co-op Services in Greenwood for eight years. In 1985, he retired and they moved back to Pelican Rapids.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and billiards, bowling and softball. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Pelican Rapids Rotary and the Greenwood Lions.
Survivors include his wife; his children, Larry Martens, Twin Falls, Idaho, Keith Martens, Pahrump, Nev., Kristi Martens, Twin Falls, Idaho, Bruce Martens, Stillwater, Minn., Mike (Diane) Martens, Orangevale, Calif., and Barry (Jodi) Martens Eau Claire; six grandchildren, Alex, Erica, Allison, Bobby, Madison and Jacob Martens; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Laurence and Frieda Martens; two sisters, Maxine Miller and Phyllis Gabrielson; and a daughter-in-law, Liz Martens.
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