Glenn E. Marten, 84, of Tomah died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at his home.
He was born Jan. 9, 1933, to Ernest and Lena (Nauman) Marten. Glenn was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Ridgeville, where he remained a faithful member all his life. He attended the Eckleberg grade school and Tomah High School graduating in 1950. After high school he started farming with his brother, Donald, until they were both drafted into the Army. He served in the Korean War 1953-1955. After he came home he worked for a little while at Kenosha. He then worked for Raymond Westpfahl, helping farm. It was there where he met his future wife, Luann B. Westpfahl and July 6, 1957, they were united in marriage. After they got married they farmed on an adjoining farm until Glenn started working as a cook at the V.A. He retired from there with 30 years and one year of sick leave. In all of these years he never missed a day due to bad weather. During this time he also helped at Sherwood recycling and the town of Adrian, putting up snow fence and the towns recycling, which he did for around 30 years, until he retired this spring due to his health.
Glenn also served on the cemetery board at St. Johns until the present. When his family was growing up they took many road trips around Wisconsin, and vacationed at Tomahawk, with friends many years. He loved fixing up old lawn mowers and watching WWF wrestling. In 2015, he went with his youngest daughter, Jane, on the Freedom Flight. Almost three years ago, he started losing his eyesight and then found out he had colon cancer. He still enjoyed a trip every year to Tennessee, to see his daughters and their families. In May of this year his last trip to Tennessee, was to see his granddaughter, Krystal, get married. He attended a retirement party that the town of Adrian gave him in August.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Luann; five daughters, Cynthia (Dale) Finch of Tomah, Lynette Marten, Annette (Ray) Sparks all of Sevierville, Tenn., Jean Marten and Jane (Larry) Friske of Tomah; eight grandkids, Daniel (Keri) Finch, Tony Finch of Tomah, Jenny (Dave) Culpepper of Sparta, Joshua Sparks, Jared (Payeton) Sparks, Krystal (Nathaniel) Morgan of Tennessee, Nicholas Friske of Omro and Megan Friske of Tomah; 11 great-grandkids, and many stepgrandkids; and great-grandkids; two brothers, Leonard (Janice Getter) Marten of Elroy and Donald Marten of Norwalk; a sister-in-law,Marsha (Daniel) Grygreski of Tomah; and two special little dogs, Sophie and Sadie; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Lena Marten; in-laws, Ray and Gertrude Westpfahl; a brother-in-law, Dick Westpfahl; sisters-in-law, Jean Westpfahl and Darlene Marten.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, town of Ridgeville. Pastor Matthew Minzlaff will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Vernon Cemetery, town of Tomah, with military honors. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah, and from 10 until the time of the service Friday at the church.
Memorials can be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ridgeville, or Tomah Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.
The Marten family would like to extend a thank you for the excellent care and compassion that was shown to Glenn throughout the years and in his final days. We would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Agnes, Dr. Whitford and Dr. Erdman for the guidance, the nursing staff at the Tomah VA Hospital and Hospice Touch for their support, as well as the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home for their assistance.