Patrick Peak Martens Patrick Peak Martens, 60, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, with his loving wife by his side on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Pat was born in Danville, IL on August 10, 1952, to George "Pat" Martens and Mary Jane (née Peak) Martens. Pat was currently married to his best friend and soul mate, Kathleen (née Strasser) Martens. Pat completed high school in 1970. After high school, he joined the US Navy and served in the Vietnam War from 1972 to 1976 as a Naval Photographer. During this time, Pat experienced opportunities to engage in conversations with President Nixon and Henry Kissinger. After serving in the Navy, Pat became an automotive mechanic, receiving countless hours of education, thereby becoming ASE Master certified in multiple areas. Pat graduated from NRI Schools with his certification in electronics in 1992. Pat was currently employed by Abbott Laboratories as a Senior Vehicle Repairman. Pat enjoyed the outdoors and loved fishing, hunting and gardening. Pat had a thirst for knowledge and was known for his keen sense of humor and charismatic personality. As a bass guitar player in bands that Pat was previously a part of, he enjoyed his role on stage and did not object to an opportunity to rile up a crowd to insure a good time was had by all. Pat will be dearly missed by his wife, Kathleen Martens; son, Jason (Cheree) Martens of Magnolia, TX, daughters, Erin Norrell of Van, TX and Hailey Martens of Kansasville, step-daughter, Kristin Herbst of Burlington and step-son, Zachary Herbst of Burlington; grandchildren, Madison, Emily, Jaycee, Andre', Ella and Kenzie; sisters, Cathy of Yellville, AR and Teri of Yellville, AR, brothers, Tim of Sadoris, IL and Mike of Benton, AR, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention. Pat was preceded in death by his father, George "Pat" Martens and his mother, Mary Jane (née Peak) Martens. A service will be celebrated on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 7:30 PM at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home and Crematory, 625 Browns Lake Dr., Burlington, with Fr. Mark Danczyk officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM until the time of service. A special thank you to Dr. Martin Baur for his genuine concern and Fr. Gene Doda. Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory 625 S. Browns Lake Drive Burlington, WI 53105 (262) 763-3434 www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com
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Published in Racine Journal Times from July 13 to July 14, 2013