MARTH, Edward J. (1930-2020)
Posted By: Karon Velau (email)
Date: 1/28/2021 at 14:19:22
Edward J. Marth
(March 14, 1930 – December 16, 2020)
BATTLE CREEK – Private graveside services for Edward J. Marth, 90, of Battle Creek were held at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Charter Oak with Rev. Randy D. Cormeny officiating. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Battle Creek is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Junior “Ed” Marth was born March 14, 1930, in Schleswig to Edward and Hedwig (Boysen) Marth. He was baptized April 27, 1930, at Grant Lutheran Church and confirmed June 7, 1951, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ute by the Rev. Hugo Neiting. Ed’s father died in 1934 and, later, his mother married Roy Naeve and the family moved to the Ute area. Ed attended country schools until he went to high school in Castana, graduating in 1949. On Dec. 28, 1950, Ed married Lois “Marlene” Koeppen at St. Paul’s Lutheran parsonage in Ute. The couple met in 1940 when Marlene started attending school in the same town as Ed. They were blessed with four children: Debra, Carol, Kenny and Michael.
Ed worked at Western Iowa Experimental Farm from 1947 to 1951, when he was drafted into the Army in October 1951. He spent his service time at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn., and Bamburg, Germany, He was honorably discharged in September 1953. Ed then started farming in Monona County in 1954. The couple farmed for 25 years, living on five different farms in four counties.
In 1978, they had a farm sale and built a new home in Ricketts, and Ed began working at Farmland Foods until 1992, when he retired. He worked various jobs during his retirement, including the pie factory in Mapleton, the campgrounds in Storm Lake and Lake View, and drove a limo for Glenn Lewis for six years. In 2004, Edward and Marlene moved to an apartment in Battle Creek. Ed was active in the churches he attended, holding many different offices at St. Paul in Ute, St. Luke in Ricketts and St. John in Battle Creek. He was a member of the Community Club and American Legion. He died Dec. 16, 2020, at Horn Memorial Hospital in Ida Grove.
Left to cherish his memory are his children: Debra (Clark) Harm of Matthews, N.C., Carol Krohnke of Schleswig; Kenneth (Marsha) Marth and Michael (Jill) Marth, all of Ricketts. Also surviving are seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Melvin (Eileen) Naeve; two sisters-in-law: Charlene Naeve andJan (Jimmie) Yockey; a brother-in-law, Harry Thiel; nieces and nephews; extended family; and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, L. Marlene Marth; his father, Edward H. Marth; his mother and stepfather, Hedwig and Roy Naeve; two sisters: Betty (Wilbur) Kuhlman and Darlene (Everett) Peasley; and a brother, Alvin Naeve. Also preceding him in death were a son-in-law, Douglas Krohnke; his father-in-law, Louis Koeppen; his mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law, Edna (Louie) Kelm; and two sisters-in-law: Shirley (Bill) Dunlap and Marge Thiel.
Sources: Ida County Courier, Ida Grove, Iowa, Wed., Dec 16, 2020, and Christensen-VanHouten Funeral Services, Ida Grove, Iowa at http://www.christensenvanhouten.com/
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