Robert Lawrence Marten, 90, of Bozeman, passed away on May 10, 2014. He was born in Kenilworth near Big Sandy, Mont. to Lawrence and Grace E. (Maxwell) Marten on Sept. 17, 1923.
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Bob's early years were spent in the Kenilworth area where he attended Ferndale grade school. In 1935 he moved to the family farm southwest of Big Sandy and he finished his elementary schooling at the Mount Vernon School. He graduated from Big Sandy High School in 1941. He entered the Army on Oct. 9, 1943 and served as an anti aircraft gunner in the Pacific on the Northern Solomon Islands and then in the Philippines. He received his honorable discharge on Oct. 3, 1945. He returned to the farm. On April 2, 1948 he married Lilly M. Kiefer. In 1955 they moved to their own farm. Lilly passed away on June 30, 1977. On Feb. 18, 1984 Bob married Mary Hermes Whitlatch. Mary passed away on June 1, 2005.
Bob farmed and ranched all of his life. He was a member of the Big Sandy United Methodist Church and served on the Big Sandy Soil Conservation District and the Big Sandy Cemetery Board. When Bob would leave Big Sandy to stay with his daughter, Doreen, in Belgrade he would say he was going south for the winter.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lilly; his wife, Mary; brothers; Richard and Roland and his sister-in-law, Esther Marten and brother-in-law, Howard Pfrimmer.
He is survived by his sister, Veva Pfrimmer of Colbert, Wash.; children, Doreen (Stan) Olean of Belgrade, Mont., Carol (John) Willoughby of Boulder, Mont. and Bob (Christine) Whitlatch of Glendive, Mont.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Big Sandy United Methodist Church in Big Sandy (visitation the day of the funeral from 10 to 10:45 a.m.) followed by interment in the Big Sandy Cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 13, 2014