Born: April 30, 1944
Death: September 17, 2013
April 30, 1944 - September 17, 2013
Funeral services for Richard Martensen, age 69 of Oakdale, Nebraska, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2013, at Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, Nebraska. Pastor David Kuhfal will officiate, with burial in the Oakdale Cemetery.
Military Honors will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7603 and American Legion Post 170, both of Tilden, and the Nebraska Army National Guard Honor Team.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Brockhaus-Harlan Funeral Home in Tilden, Nebraska.
Richard died Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at Antelope Memorial Hospital in Neligh, Nebraska.
Richard P. Martensen, son of Peter and Caroline (Beck) Martensen, was born April 30, 1944, at Tilden, NE. Richard attended rural school District #47 near the family home and later attended Zion Lutheran School in Pierce, NE. He then graduated from Neligh High School in Neligh, NE. Upon completion of high school, Richard continued his education at Wayne State College, and also served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for six years, before receiving his Honorable Discharge.
On August 20, 1967, Richard was married to DeAnna Dragoo at Neligh. The couple was blessed with four children: Lisa, Jeremy, Travis, and Jenna. Richard and DeAnna lived in the same house near the Elkhorn River for 46 years, where they farmed until he retired in 2008. Besides farming, Richard also worked as a crop adjuster for Farm Bureau Insurance.
Richard was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Neligh, served on the Neligh Rural Fire Board, was a 40 year member of American Legion Post #170, and served as president of the Neligh-Oakdale Warrior Booster Club for four years. During the winter, he also did consulting work on a weekly basis for “Coyote Hunters Extraordinaire”. In his free time, Richard enjoyed watching football on all levels, fishing, coyote hunting, golfing, R-V’ing, traveling to Germany, having coffee and visiting with friends, but most of all, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Richard is survived by the love of his life and life partner, DeAnna Martensen of Oakdale, NE; daughter, Lisa and Jason Mercer, and their children, Dalton and Lane of Omaha, NE; son, Jeremy and Staci Martensen and their children, Riley, Tanner, and Macoy of Honey Creek, IA; son, Travis and Sarah Martensen of Omaha; and daughter, Jenna Martensen and James Horne and their soon-to-be child, Richard’s grandson, Kadyn Richard Horne; sisters, Hilda and Carl Lehman of Billings, MT, and Lorine and Cecil Fields of Leigh, NE; sister-in-law, Deb and Jay Davis of Bellevue, NE; brother-in-law, Doug and Connie Dragoo of Oakdale; as well as many other friends and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and sister, Florine.