Robert William Martens (August 12, 2015)

11520 Photo B color corrected 2 roundedOctober 18, 1928 ~ August 12, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015
5:00-8:00 PM
Peace United Church of Christ
Walnut, IA
(get directions)
The family will be present to greet friends.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
10:30 AM
Peace United Church of Christ
Walnut, IA
(get directions)
Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, IA

Wife – Mariann Martens of Walnut, IA
1 Son – Chuck Martens of Omaha, NE
2 Daughters – Becky (James) Rasmussen of Bellevue, NE
Cheryl (Eugene) Butcher of Avoca, IA
6 Grandchildren – Gena (Scott) DeRosier
Julie (Joseph) Blake
Rachael (Ryan) Johnson
Eugene (Sandy) Butcher, Jr.
Shari (Dale) Kay
Christi (Ryan) Zimmerman
17 Great-grandchildren
2 Great-great-grandchildren
Numerous Nieces & Nephews
Other Relatives & Friends

Robert William Martens, the son of Claus and Bertha (Dohrmann) Martens, was born on October 18, 1928, in rural Shelby, Iowa. He attended Shelby Consolidated Schools, and graduated in 1946. On October 19, 1947, Bob married Mariann Alice Green at the United Lutheran Church in Shelby. The couple farmed near Shelby, and later, for a year, near Walnut, Iowa. Bob also drove a school bus for the Walnut schools for 18 years.

Bob was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Walnut. He was a former 4-H leader, the past president of the Walnut Community Club, a charter member of the Walnut Genealogy Club, and a longtime Peace Haven Association Board member. Bob enjoyed mowing lawns for himself and others. He collected geodes, and had an interest in vintage tractors.

Robert “Bob” W. Martens died on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska, at the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 25 days.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marvin Martens; and four sisters, Agnes Altstadt, Martha Lissi, Helen Goshorn, and Loretta Jessen. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mariann Martens of Walnut, Iowa; one son, Chuck Martens of Omaha, Nebraska; two daughters, Becky (James) Rasmussen of Bellevue, Nebraska, and Cheryl (Eugene) Butcher of Avoca, Iowa; six grandchildren, Gena (Scott) DeRosier, Julie (Joseph) Blake, Rachael (Ryan) Johnson, Eugene (Sandy) Butcher, Jr., Shari (Dale) Kay, and Christi (Ryan) Zimmerman; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Peace United Church of Christ in Walnut, Iowa, with Pastor Steve Lewis officiating. Sarah Kock served as the organist and Jeff Krueger was the soloist. Casket bearers were Bob’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Burial was in the Shelby Cemetery, Shelby, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Peace United Church of Christ or the Walnut Genealogy Society. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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8 Responses to Robert William Martens (August 12, 2015)

  1. Bernie and Mary says:

    Bob was so loved by so many, his passing leaves an empty spot in hearts too numerous to count. Our prayer is for you all to be covered with the peace that passes understanding. Can’t you just picture the ultimate family reunion with Christ one day?

  2. Bruce & Wanda Ridnour says:

    Becky, James & Family: We will not be able to make it to Bob’s service but our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Bruce & Wanda Ridnour

  3. Rachael Johnson says:

    Grandpa, I miss you so much already. I can’t find the right words to express how I feel. I just keep trying to stuff all these emotions away, and pretend you aren’t gone. I can’t even look at your picture without crying. I am sad Levi won’t be able grow up knowing you. He won’t see the dedication you and Grandma had to each other. Some things I will always remember: Indian Caves, (sorry about what I did to your van!), Christmas morning when I was little, your coffee thermos, geode hunting, the marble wood maze thing you built, the twinkle in your eyes and you mouthing that you loved me at the hospital; how devoted you and Grandma were to your family. I love you so much, and I’ll see you again.

  4. 2nd attempt to make a posting.
    Uncle Bob was an all American guy. He had integrity & strong family values. Jesus came for Bob’s soul and took him to the city of gold! Amen!! We rejoice!
    I believe that Bob is staying just as busy as usual in his new home. We all have warm memories of him to help sustain us until Jesus whisks us up to heaven at the end of our earthly days. I know Bob will be happy to greet us once again. Right now the loss is great and we miss him & that’s ok.Thanks for the hugs & love you have to each of us. Peace.

  5. Dave & Kari says:

    Bob was truly a great all American kinda guy. We appreciated his integrity and family values. He gave modern medicine a valant try but it was too hard. Jesus came for his soul and lead him up to the city of gold. There he will still make himself busy and be ready to greet the rest of us when we are whisked off to heaven. He is greatly missed but we celebrate the years he was with us! Love ya Bob!

  6. Frances Hansen says:

    My sympathy Marian and family. I am out of town so won’t be at the funeral . Will be thinking of you. Will see you when I get back. Love Frances

  7. Marsha and Bud Beedle says:

    Mariann and Family: Our sympathies and prayers to you and your family. We so enjoyed visiting with you and Bob whenever we saw you. Bob always reminded me of Dad. I definately feel your loss. I know your family has a lot of good memories that you can hold dear to your Heart. God Bless! Marsha

  8. Kevin and Becky Kern says:

    Sending our sympathy to the Martens family.

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