ARMSTRONG, Iowa - Funeral services for Earl Mart, 90, of Armstrong, Iowa, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel, Armstrong, with Pastor Lyndon Roesler officiating.
Earl began his adventure into Heaven on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Armstrong.
Earldean Patrick Mart began his adventure in life on Aug. 8, 1923, on a small acreage west of Fairmont, Minn. Earl was the third son and seventh child born to Nick and Lorretta (McNally) Mart. Three sisters would later be born into this family. On Dec. 31, 1949, he was united in marriage to Ruth Hageman at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong, Iowa. They resided on a farm on the south shore of Iowa Lake. That farm is now the Iowa Lake State Park. This location was the source of many of Earl's adventures with many friends and family over the years. The family moved from Iowa Lake in the spring of 1963. They would eventually move to 909 Second Ave. in Armstrong where they lived until the time of his passing.
Besides farming, Earl worked at Art's Way Manufacturing for 27 years until his retirement in 1988. For most of his years at Art's Way, he was a service person. His service calls took him and sometimes his family on adventures all over the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Israel. He later worked in the parts department until his retirement. After retirement, he worked for several farmers in the area, as well as helping out driving for a variety of businesses in the area. His tales of his adventures were mainly that of hunting and fishing. These tales were shared up to the day preceding his death. Earl was also known to play baseball in his younger days as well as golf later in life. One of his most memorable comments during one of these adventures was during a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods. He had just caught a very large walleye. Based on the previous trip, he was wondering if he needed to catch and release this one. He turned to his three sons and asked, "Do I have to put this SOB back?" The answer was no. This fish was mounted for the memories.
Left to cherish Earl's memories are his wife, Ruth of Armstrong; son, Gary and his wife Rhonda of Carroll; son, Nick and his wife Suzanne of Armstrong; son, Tim of Baudette, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Loretta; parents in-law, Albert (Hi) and Vera Hageman; brothers, Francis and Clinton; sisters, Margaret Garteski, Marie Blomstrom, Helen Grabianowski, Shirley Wegner, Phyllis Goodnature, and Betty Obbink; and his daughter, Dianna.