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Virgil George Martensen
February 23, 1947 – April 28, 2019
Virgil Martensen, 72, of Olin, died Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Unity Point St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.
A Celebration of Life service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Anamosa, and Rev. Rodney Bluml officiated. Private burial took place in Wayne Zion Cemetery, rural Monticello. The family greeted friends from 9 a.m. to the time of service at the church.
Virgil George Martensen was born February 23, 1947, in Anamosa, the son of John and Anna (Dirks) Martensen. He was baptized on March 16, 1947, and confirmed on April 10, 1960, both being celebrated at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was raised on the family farm near Langworthy with his ten siblings. He graduated from Monticello High School in 1965. On August 16, 1969, he was united in marriage to Mary Fee at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was employed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, and after thirty-five years of service, he retired as a manager in the Avionics Division.
Virgil enjoyed raising cattle, fishing, and especially deer hunting with his children, other family members and friends. He was asked recently to define himself and he simply answered “Mary, Family, my dog Josie, and cattle.”
He is survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Mary; his children, Karla (Bret) Stewart, Anamosa, Tammie (Richard) Chasteen, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Kristine Martensen, Monticello, and Shane (Christy) Martensen, Marion; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and siblings. Dean (Millie) Martensen, Utah, Allen Martensen, Monticello, Larry Martensen, Martelle, Carol (Andy) Anders, Colorado Springs, Bev (Jim) Dieken, Greely, Colorado, and Jan Oetken, Greely.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John, Carl, Harold and Marvin.
The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Team of Unity Point for the excellent care Virgil received..
Virgil would always say, “It could always be worse.” It was the way he lived his life and is the example he set for those who remember him.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 9 May 2019

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