Oliver MartiOliver Franklin Marti
, 89, Sleepy Eye, died Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Sleepy Eye Medical Center
.Funeral services were held at Faith United Methodist Church
, Sleepy Eye, on Saturday, April 17, with interment in Home Cemetery, Sleepy Eye.Arrangements were with Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye.E-mail condolences may be sent to the family via www.sturmfh.com.Oliver
was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Leavenworth Township, the son of Henry and Lucy (Alwin) Marti.
married Verla Schultz on March 10, 1936, in Home Township and the couple lived and farmed on Verla's home farm.
In 1944, Oliver
first eight Registered Holstein cows and was in the Registered Holstein business until his
retirement.Oliver was a charter member of the Brown County Holstein Association and the Brown County D.H.I. A., serving as a board member and president of both.He was on the State Holstein Board and was president for two years.Oliver
was instrumental in the Brucellosis Eradication Program on the county level and helped start the ADA program.He served on the Brown County Fair Board many years.He
was inducted into the MN Livestock Hall of Fame
at the U of M. Oliver
loved horses and had one of the last working teams in the area.He
helped with some field work until he
was 86 years old.Oliver
also served on the District #30 School Board and the Stark-Sleepy Eye Creamery Board
was an excellent carpenter and built and remodeled many homes and farm buildings.He was a lifetime member of and served as chairman of the building committee for Faith United Methodist Church and parsonage, as well as serving on the administrative board and as trustee for most of his adult life.
was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Verla; brothers, Vernon and wife Glayd and Eldon; sister, Dorothy and husband Carl Romberg; and brother-in-law, B. Darwin and wife Irene Schultz.