“Marv” Atley Martin, 74, of Boscobel, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully, at his home on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
Marvin was born on July 11, 1941 in Bell Center, Wisconsin to the late Atley and Myrtle (Hayes) Martin. He spent much of his early life on the farm overlooking the Wisconsin River. Following high school, he took a position painting cars for American Motors in Kenosha, WI. In 1966 his father, Atley, bought Boscobel Refrigeration & Electric, and Marvin returned to Boscobel to apprentice with Kenneth Rogers and learn the trade. Within a year, his brother, Rollie, joined him. For the next 49 years he and Rollie would remain partners, servicing equipment for local farmers and community businesses.
On the weekends you would find Marv doing what he loved most…fishing on the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. He also enjoyed old convertibles, and rooting for his favorite teams, the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Early in life Marv had a talent for writing and would compose songs and write short stories. At the age of 13, he won a national slogan contest held by Red Ball Jet shoes. Marvin was a dreamer, an inventor, and story teller, and could always make you laugh, but most of all, he was a loving father, grandfather, and friend to all. He had a heart of gold, and there wasn’t a person he would not help. Marvin was as good as they came, and he will be missed dearly.
Marvin leaves behind his loving companion of over 30 years, Edith Klema; daughter, Teri Jo (Stephen) Russell, Wichita Falls, Texas, and a son, Brent Robert (Laurie) Martin, Rock Springs, Wisconsin; grand-children, Brent, Jr (Bridget) Martin, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Aaron (Shalene) Martin, Arlington, Wisconsin, Patrick Schadde, Baraboo, Wisconsin, and Kristi Bergsten (Spencer) Kansas City, Missouri, Eric (Allison) Russell, Killeen Texas, Alissa Russell and Brianna Russell, Wichita Falls, Texas; two brothers, Arnold (Georgia) Martin, Minnesota, and Roland (Karen) Martin, Boscobel, Wisconsin; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, step-sons, Kim (Cinda) Klema, Edward Klema both of Wauzeka, Peter Klema of Boscobel, James Klema of Gainesville, FL ; a step-daughter-in-law, Michelle Klema of Prairie du Chien, and many dear friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Atley and Myrtle, and his two brothers, Carroll Martin and Dale Martin and a step-son, Michael Klema.
A Memorial Service was held on October 2, 2015 at the Beeman-Patchak Funeral Home, Boscobel, followed by interment in Gays Mills Cemetery.