Lawrence “Larry” F. Marten, age 82, of Harshaw, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016 at Rennes Health & Rehab and under the care of Ministry Hospice. He was born May 8, 1937 in Eau Claire to Harvey and Clarissa (Wright) Marten.
Larry was a 1952 graduate of Rhinelander High School. He worked with his father on a milk route for Lassig Dairy and was employed at Atlas Plywood. He joined the National Guard. After completing Army basic training, Larry attended Officer Candidate School and served his country during the Korean War. Larry achieved the rank of First Lieutenant. Larry was united in marriage to Mareta Beltz on November 5, 1955, at Rhinelander First United Methodist Church. He attended the University of Michigan for two years and then transferred to Eastern Michigan University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education in 1962. He would continue his education at Eastern Michigan University receiving a Masters Degree in Education. Larry and Mareta along with their two children moved to Tehran, Iran where Larry taught for one year. The family would eventually return to Rhinelander where Larry was employed by the Rhinelander School District, teaching mathematics at James Williams Junior High. He was the Assistant Principal for the last eight years of his career at the school retiring in 1992.
Larry enjoyed being a part of the Boy Scouts and was a Scout Master for thirty-five years. Larry as a young boy began his love for wood carving that lasted his lifetime, and was a member of the Eagle River and Stevens Point Wood Carving Club. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins and was a member of the Northwood’s Stamp and Coin Club. His love of traveling would take him to the 1967 Boy Scout World Jamboree which was held in Farragut State Park in Idaho. He would also travel on a Mission Trip to the Holy Land as well as travel on three additional Mission Trips. Larry also traveled Europe in its entirety three times. Larry and Mareta were a host family for a foreign exchange student for four years. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Rhinelander, a member of the F. & A.M. Lodge #242 Rhinelander where he had served as Worshipful Master, the Gideons, and was a past President of RAREA.
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of sixty years, Mareta; his children, Randy Marten of Willow Springs, Ill., Richard Marten of Minneapolis, Minn., Ryan (Leanette) Marten of Wheeler and Robyn (Mike) Ziccardi of Linden, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Calvin, Michael, Tyler, Dylan, Marissa, Jordan and Alex. Larry is further survived by one brother, Ervin (Marti) Marten of Star, Idaho; one sister; Patricia (Russell) Bellile of Rhinelander and a sister-in-law, Arlene Marten of Rhinelander. Also surviving are nieces, nephewsand other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, James and Harvey (Ginny) Marten.
The visitation for Larry will be Sunday, Aug. 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the Hidebrand Russ Funeral Home, 24 E. Davenport Street. A second visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 22, 10 a.m. until the 11a.m. funeral service at First United Methodist Church, 724 Arbutus Street. Rev. Ellen Rasmussen will be officiating. Military honors conducted by two representatives from the United States Army and the Ray Rousseau V.F.W. Post #3143, Rhinelander will immediately follow the funeral service at the church. Larry’s family would like to thank the caregivers and staff at Rennes Health & Rehab for the compassionate care that he has received for the past three years and Ministry Hospice for the care they provided. The family would also like to acknowledge other family, friends and neighbors whom have shown care and love to the family. Memorial contributions in honor of Larry may be given to First United Methodist Church or to the charity of your choice. Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Celebrating lives and healing hearts. All are invited to light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at www.hildebrandrussfh.com