DeKALB – Calmer "Cal" Martinson, 88, of DeKalb, died Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. |
Born Nov. 24, 1924, in Madison, Wis., the son of Ole and Martha (Offerdahl) Martinson. He married Mildred Dahl on Feb. 5, 1944, at Christ Lutheran Church in Stoughton, Wis.. Cal was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church and a current member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Genoa, Ill. He served Trinity as president of the congregation, an elder, and member of the choir.
He proudly served his country in World War II on the island of Luzon and later transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii. He was honorably discharged June 1946 as first sergeant of the 340th Signal Company Wing 7th Air Force.
Cal was an electrical technician for Anaconda Wire and Cable in Sycamore, Ill., for over 30 years until Anaconda closed in 1983. He was then building superintendent for Kishwaukee YMCA in DeKalb for nine years, retiring in 1992. He was a charter member of the American Legion Post #534 of McFarland, Wis., organizing in 1947. He was a member of American Legion Post #0337 in Genoa and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #5768 in Sycamore.
He is survived by his loving "special lady friend," Lucille "Luci" Friend; two daughters, Sandra (John) Musch of Rockton, Ill., and Diana (Jim) Mears of Byron, Ill.; grandchildren, Michelle (Nick) Grimm, Bradley (Courtney) Bland, Stephanie Daniels, and Chad Daniels; six great-grandsons, Brent Grimm, Kyle Grimm, Andrew Bland, Alex Bland, Nicholas Rubeck and Zachary Ross.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Merle and Obert Martinson (Wisconsin); wife, Mildred Martinson in November 1997; and son, Richard J. Martinson in November 2012.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 at First Lutheran Church, 324 N. Third St., DeKalb, with the Rev. Dr. Janet Hunt and the Rev. Jeffrey Clements officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established for Trinity Lutheran Church, 33930 N. State Road, Genoa; Heritage Woods of DeKalb, 2626 N. Annie Glidden Road; and DeKalb County Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, Suite 1B, DeKalb. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel. To share a memory or condolence visit www.olsonfh.com or for information call 815-895-6589.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Dec. 17, 2012