THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 26, 2013
Robert Bob Martens, 95, passed away Sunday, Nov. 24 at Allouez Parkside Village in Green Bay.
Born Jan. 2, 1918 to Louis and Eva (Boville) Martens, he graduated from Coleman High School in 1936 and was a lifelong resident of the area. His childhood was spent doing what he loved best, hunting, fishing or anything outdoors. He married Viola (Kortbein) on Feb. 22, 1941. He served in the United States Army from June to December in 1945. Having many part time jobs in his early years including cutting and selling firewood, cutting and peeling cedar for posts, trapping and skinning skunks for fur and hunting, cleaning and selling cottontail rabbits to the residents of Coleman, he then worked at the Coleman Canning Company before being hired to work for Standard Oil as a bulk agent. Many 50 and 60 year olds in the area remember getting suckers from the gas guy who always had a box of candy in his truck.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing and trapping with his sons and grandsons and was a generous and goodhearted man who loved and was so proud of his family. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Coleman.
He is survived by his his wife of 72 years, Viola; five children, Diane (Jim) Stroschein, Elk River, Minn., Bonnie (Jerry) Woulf, Coleman, Ken Martens and Jan (Laurie) Martens, both of Green Bay and Vicki Carter, Luxemburg; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a sister, Luella Petitjean, Gardena, Ca.; two sisters-in-law, Harriet Lerich, Marinette and Louise Meier, Kenosha.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, two brothers and a daughter-in-law, Suzanne (Hoida) Martens.
Friends may call at St. Anne Catholic Church, Coleman from 9 a.m. until time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Father Bob Karuhn officiated with Interment at St. John Catholic Cemetery, Coleman. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home assisted the family.