In Memory of

Max D. Martinsen

June 23, 1926 - October 3, 2017
Max D. Martinsen, the son of Gabe and Bertha (Wendte) Martinsen, was born in Ponca, NE on June 23, 1926. He received his education in Nebraska, and graduated from Newcastle High School in 1943. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict, and was stationed in Korea from 1949-1953 before his honorable discharge. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Richards on May 7, 1949, in Ft. Smith, AR. Max and Mary Lou farmed in Newcastle before relocating to Iowa in 1961 and farmed near Aurelia. Max thoroughly enjoyed being a farmer, and he loved his John Deere tractors. He always made special time for his family. In addition to his work on the farm, he spent 21 years at Wilson Foods in Cherokee. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing cards and going to casinos. Some of his favorite times were spent traveling, including a trip to Ireland in 1990. He was a member of I.C. Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the VFW, American Legion and Amvets. Max passed away at Accura Healthcare in Cherokee on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, having reached the age of 91 years, 3 months, 10 days. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Kenneth and Donald Joe; two sons-in-law, Lloyd Buddenhagen and Terry Cutler; five brothers: Elmer, Clarence, Glenn, Dean and Lloyd; three sisters: Lois Harder, Donna Anderson and Elsie Lund. Survivors include Mary Lou, his wife of 68 years; three daughters: Renee Buddenhagen of Aurelia, IA, Barb LeValley of Garland, TX, and Connie Cutler of Pflugerville, TX; his grandchildren: Eric & Carrie Buddenhagen, and their children, Jamie and Tucker of Aurelia, IA; Jessica & Patrick Gillespie of LeMars, IA; and Alicia & Justin Thompson, and their children, Blake and Jayce of Cherokee, IA; three sisters-in-law, Nina Martinsen, Lu Martinsen and Monica Richards; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 6th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Don Bright Ron Hultman Le Roy Schmidt Gerald Meendering Tim Greenwood Dick Waterbury
Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5-7:00 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 7:00 p.m.
I.C. Choir Suzanne Winterhof, Organist
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee


Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Max. I have a lot of fun memories working with him at Wilson Foods. He was a great guy and would always help you in any way. You will be missed RIP Max”
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to see that you have lost Max. I have lots of fond memories of Max and Mary Lou and the rest of the family! And of course the thing I remember the most of Max was his smile-loved his smile! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you this morning! God Bless!! ”
- Teresa & Jeff Peters
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss always loved your dad's smile , hugs Andrew prayers to all,”
- Cindy r Jensen
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a wonderful man.”
- Bonnie l Hasenwinkel McGuire
Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“ sorry to hear about your father passing. You and family will be in my prayers rosie carmichael”
- rosie carmichael
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of his . He was a wonderful man. Sue Roberts”
- Sue Roberts
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Oh I am so saddened by your loss of a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was always smiling and loved his beloved Mary Lou.”
- Patsy and Jerome Day
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