Nick J. Martinez, 82
Sept. 10, 1934
June 8, 2017

Nick J. Martinez, 82Nick J. Martinez, of West Bend, passed away with his wife of 60 years, Winifred, by his side Thursday, June 8, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at the age of 82. He was born Sept. 10, 1934, in San Pablo, Colorado, to the late Gabriel and Rebecca Martinez, one of 17 children.

He started working for Kieckhafer in Cedarburg, and later transferred to Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac. In 1997, he retired after 42 years of loyal service.

From the time he was a child, he loved riding horses. He also enjoyed bowling, shooting pool and attending horse races with his friend Robert "Bugs" and fishing on local lakes with his friend Kenneth.

His family was his most important priority. He loved going to birthday parties, family gatherings and holiday get-togethers.

He and Winnie had nine children: Tom (Veronica) of Glendale, Arizona, Jeff of Kewaskum, Cliff (Nami) of El Cajon, California, Laura (Hector) Ovalle of West Bend, Calvin of Slinger, Michael of Fillmore, Barbara (Randy) Brockman of West Bend, Dennis of Green Bay, and Denise (Brian) Roethle of West Bend.

He is further survived by 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank of Colorado Springs, Colorado; five sisters, Esther (Bob) Hatch of Colorado Springs, Rose Diaz of Colorado Springs, Mearlinda

(Jake) Juarez of Colorado Springs, Connie of Colorado Springs, and Becky of Mexico; one sister-in-law, Gail Carlson of West Bend; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 12, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Justin Lopina presiding. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary’s Cemetery (new). The family will greet relatives and friends during a period of visitation at the church Monday from noon-2:45 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.