Gerald Martian was quiet man with strong work ethic, belief
Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald Anton Martian, 81, of Mobridge, was held Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mobridge.
Burial was Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Gerald passed away June 11, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home in Bismarck, N.D.
Gerald Anton Martian was born Sept. 18, 1932, at rural Glencross. He was the first-born child of Jacob and Angeline (Keller) Martian.
Gerald grew up on the family farm and attended Spring Lake and Harding rural schools. He graduated from the eighth grade in 1947. He helped on the family farm until being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953. His basic training was at Ft. Carson, Colo. He spent time in Korea during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
Gerald worked on the construction of the runways at Ellsworth Air Force Base near Rapid City, helped with the Missouri River bridge project in 1957, and the building of the causeway near Pollock. From 1961 to 1963 he drove semi for Dave Unterseher.
In 1967 he purchased the Richard Rocklitz farm, which adjoined his parents’ farm north of Glencross.
In October of 1970 he married Donna Monroe at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mobridge. In February of 1973 they had their son, Randy. Together they farmed and ranched for 28 years. In 1998 they sold their farm and bought a home on the outskirts of Mobridge, where he spent the remainder of his life.
Gerald was a quiet man with a strong work ethic. No job seemed to be too great for him. His family was his greatest joy and his strong belief in God never faltered. He was a master of Sudoku and always enjoyed a good game of cards. He served as an usher at church for many years. He was active in the local AARP. He served on its board for many years.
Gerald leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Donna; one son, Randy (Julie) Martian and five grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew, Abby, Hannah and Thomas Martian, all of Rapid City. Also surviving are four brothers, Herbert (Shirley) Martian of Downey, Calif., Jerome Martian of Crafton, Neb., Larry (Dorothy) Martian of Whitewood and Leonard (Raetta) Martian of Bismarck; three sisters, Marcella (Don) Niles of Edgewood, Wash., Judy (Ervin) Zimmerman of Bismarck and Charlotte (Marvin) Sandland of Lynden, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Cheri Martian of Trail City and Mary Martian of LaMirada, Calif.; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edwin and Richard Martian; one sister, Lorraine, who died in infancy; three brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.