Gerald "Cheese" Marten
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Scranton--Gerald "Cheese" Duane Marten, 83, of rural Scranton, Kansas, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Brookside Retirement Community in Overbrook, Kansas.
Cheese was born in Wamego, Kansas on December 17, 1937, the son of Lester and Wyvonne Marten. He lived in rural Alma, Kansas during most of his early years where he graduated from high School. Cheese served as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves. He also attended K-State and competed in steer wrestling and calf roping as a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Member. K-State football was a favorite as well. Cheese was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Vassar, Kansas, which included a term serving as president. He worked for over 38 years as a mechanic at Goodyear in Topeka, Kansas and farmed in the Scranton area. Cheese was always willing to take on new side ventures, and for several years he raised greyhounds to race, and later dabbled in the horse racing industry. He also had a love for hunting and always looked forward to white tail deer season where deer thrived on his land. He warmed many benches at rodeos watching grandkids and family members compete, and enjoyed attending any of his grandchildren's activities or sporting events. He loved gathering around any supper table and visiting with friends, and supported every Dairy Queen in the area. He lived life to the fullest without skipping a beat.
Cheese married Lois Haefke on October 7, 1961, at Alma. Lois preceded him in death on October 31, 1997. Cheese married Judy Moeller on September 19, 1998, at Vassar. She survives in rural Scranton. Other survivors include three children, Todd Marten (Carolyn), Mankato, Minnesota, Wade Marten, Fulton, Missouri and Jayna Dyer (Monty), Ottawa, Kansas; his sister, Peggy TenEyck (Jupe); five grandchildren, two step-children and four step-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Cheese will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, February 9, 2021at the Zion Lutheran Church in Vassar. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Vassar. Cheese will lie in state from 3:00 to 6:30pm on Monday, February 8, 2021 and the family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Feltner Funeral Chapel in Lyndon, Kansas. Memorial contributions can be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Vassar or to the Parkinson's Association, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Avenue, Lyndon, KS. 66451.
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