John "Johnny" Marthaler
John "Johnny" Marthaler
John Marthaler, age 86 of Osakis, went to meet his Lord on Monday, March 11, 2019 from the Windmill Ponds in Alexandria, MN.
John Anton Marthaler, Jr. was born on September 28, 1932 in Osakis, MN. His parents were John and Marcella (Beste) Marthaler and he was one of five children born to this union. He grew up learning the demands and hard work of life on a farm. As a young boy he helped with chores, planting and harvest and quickly learned to love the life of a farmer. He would spend all of his life managing dairy herds and crop farming just south of Osakis. He married Dorothy Reber on June 14, 1962 in St. Joseph, MN and they had seven children. Dorothy passed away in 1984, leaving John with a young family and a busy farm to run. John later married Carol Marthaler on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1986 in Osakis. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus St. Michael's Council #3176, and proudly served as a 4th Degree Knight. He also served on the church Parish Council. While farming, John served for many years on the Osakis Creamery Board. He semi-retired in 1996 when they moved off of the farm to a home near the farm on the edge of town. John actively farmed as long as he could, and even helped with the combining as recently as last fall. He was a John Deere devotee and he loved giving rides in his side-by-side four wheeler. He would work in his shop during the winter months, making and repairing his own tools and doing woodwork projects. He made furniture, birdhouses, beautiful rocking chairs and toys for the grandkids. In the summertime he would plant a garden and was known for his lettuce and radishes. He kept a beautiful lawn and planted many apple trees over the years. John loved old time and country music and could play the accordion. He liked to watch television with his Chihuahua Minnie lying peacefully on his lap. His family meant everything to him and he was a proud father, grandpa and great grandpa. He enjoyed boxing in his earlier years, going snowmobiling, dancing and socializing with many friends. After 24 years wintering in Texas, John will be missed by his southern neighbors as well. He was a kind-hearted and generous man who leaves a legacy of love. Blessed be his memory.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Marthaler of Osakis; his children, Karen (Butch) VonWahlde of Sauk Centre, Pat (Patty) Marthaler of Osakis, Linda (Mike Schulz) Uhlenkamp of West Union, Janet (Jay) Neu Ramos of St. Cloud, Ken (Tiffany Esterberg) Marthaler of Osakis, Colleen (Wade Dalton) Miller of Long Prairie, Dennis (Tina Brekken) Marthaler of Alexandria; step children, Keith (Sue Cook) Marthaler of Sartell, Lisa (Mike) Hynes of Brandon, Shelly Marthaler of Sartell, Scott (Kim Stasch) Marthaler of Cold Spring, CJ Marthaler of Minnetonka; 25 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; siblings, Gerald Jerry' Marthaler of Osakis, Lois Marek of Albuquerque, NM, Gladys Leonardi of Wheat Ridge, CO; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his parents, wife, Dorothy, two grandsons, Caden Miller and Greg Marthaler; son-in-law, Steve Neu and an infant brother. A Mass of Resurrection will be held for John on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis with Fr. Greg Paffel officiating. Homilist was Fr. Andrew Marthaler. Interment is at the Calvary Cemetery in Osakis.
Arrangements by Roy-Hetland Funeral Home, Osakis, MN. www.royhetland.com