TOMAH — Norman V. Martin, of Tomah, left this world at the age of 86.
He was born to Vern and Elsie (Baerwald) Martin July 29, 1931, in Wilton. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, South Ridge, Ontario, Wis. After Graduating from the Wilton High School in 1949, he served in the U.S. Army for two years. After returning home, was united in marriage to his best friend, Betty Schultz at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Tomah Dec. 11, 1954. They moved to Wilton and joined the church at St. Matthews. Here they raised their four children, Dale, Dennis, Scott, and Rebecca Sue. He served on the church board for several years. He was active in the Hanson-Stark-Leith-Paeth American Legion Post #508, America Trucking, and the Wisconsin Motors Carriers Associates.
Norman and Betty went into the trucking business with his father Vern in Dec. of 1954. In 1979, they moved MTC to the Industrial Park in Tomah where they served 48 States. In 2008, he retired from the trucking business and sold Martin Trucking Company Inc. It was established in 1929, and was a family run business for 80 years. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church Tomah, and served on the church board for several years. Norman enjoyed hobby farming with his son, Scott. He enjoyed traveling anywhere, whether it be in his motor home or on a cruise, he always made friends easily. He was a people person who always had time to visit with his family and friends. He was respected and loved by all of his employees and many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty; his son, Dale (Barb) Martin and their children, Leigh (Jarrid) Bardeen and their daughter Grace, Kelli (Tony) Krohn and their children, Kaylin and Brycen, and Thomas (Cassandra) Martin; their son, Michael; a son, the late Dennis Martin; and daughter-in-law, Dianne and their children, Megan Martin (her husband Mike Hayung) and Matthew Martin and his son, Keegan; a son, Scott Martin, his children Ryan (Fiancée Andrea), and Jill (Kyle) Dicken and their daughter, Briar; a daughter, Rebecca (Daryl) Kirchner and their children, Erik Kirchner, the late Madeline Kirchner, and Kylee Johnson; a brother, Allan and Ruth Martin; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis; a granddaughter, Madeline Kirchner; his parents, Vern and Elsie Martin; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Vera Schultz; his brothers-in-law, Robert, Earl, and Galen Schultz.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Ave., Tomah. The Pastors of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial with military honors will be at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 9 a.m. Saturday, until the time of the service at St. Paul Ev. Luth. A reception will be held immediately following the graveside service Saturday at the Grassman-Sowle-Larson-Senz American Legion Post #201, 800 Wisconsin Ave., Tomah.
The Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.