Donald ‘Duck’ Martin, 68
Donald "Duck" Martin of West Bend died on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 surrounded by his family at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee at the age of 68 due to complications of cancer.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1938 in Milwaukee.
As a young adult, Red, as he was know by his friends and family, moved to the Fredonia area. After high school, he enlisted and served with the United States Navy. Following his discharge, he returned to Fredonia and worked at various small jobs.
Following his marriage to Patricia A. Stadler on Sept. 9, 1961 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Random Lake, the coupled settled in West Bend. He then became employed at the Gehl Co., where he worked for more than 20 years. He also worked at MA Gerret Division for about 10 years, and retired from Wacker Corporation in Menomonee Falls in 2005.
In addition to being a devoted husband, loving father and proud grandfather, Don was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed spending time golfing, fishing and gardening.
He was an active member of Holy Angels Parish, serving as an usher and volunteer, a member of the Fr. Casper Rehrl Council 1964 Knights of Columbus, a friend of Bill W. for over 20 years and a lifetime member of the Unity Club.
Survivors include his wife Patricia; four children, Donna of West Bend, Elizabeth (Michael) Bartelt of Kewaskum, Mary of West Bend and Joe (Lea) of West Bend; six grandchildren, Mark, Carissa, Nicholas, Theresa, Christina and Caleb; two brothers Terrance Kehoe of Cudahy and Daniel (Carol) of Shawano; one brother-in-law, Francis (Shirley) Stadler of Big Bend; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one son, John, on Dec. 18, 2001; and one sister-in-law, Joanie Kehoe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Fr. Gerald Brittain presiding. Interment services with military honors will follow at Holy Angels Cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend and also on Monday at the church only from 10 until 10:45 a.m.
There will be a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. Sunday with a Knights of Columbus Memorial Service following.