In Memory of Edward J. Marth

Edward J. Marth
Edward J. Marth
Born: March 14, 1930
Died: December 16, 2020
Age: 90
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Edward J. Marth
March 14, 1930 - December 16, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

Edward J. Marth, age 90, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Private Family Graveside service will be held at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery of Charter Oak, Iowa, with Rev. Randy D. Cormeny officiating. A Celebration of Life for Edward and Marlene Marth will be held at a later date. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Edward Junior “Ed” Marth was born on March 14, 1930, in Schleswig, IA, to Edward and Hedwig (Boysen) Marth. He was baptized on April 27, 1930, at the Grant Lutheran Church and confirmed on June 7, 1951, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ute, IA, by Pastor Hugo Neiting. Ed’s father died in 1934 and later his mother married Roy Naeve and the family moved to the Ute area. Ed attended country schools until he went to high school in Castana, IA, graduating in 1949.

On December 28, 1950, Ed married Lois “Marlene” Koeppen at the St. Paul’s Lutheran parsonage in Ute. The couple met in 1940 when Marlene started attending school in the same town as Ed. They were blessed with four children: Debra, Carol, Kenny, and Michael. Ed worked at Western Iowa Experimental Farm from 1947 to 1951 when he was drafted into the Army in October of 1951. He spent his service time at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA and Bamburg, Germany, being honorably discharged in September of 1953.

Ed then started farming in Monona County in 1954. The couple farmed for 25 years living on 5 different farms in 4 counties so they made many friends. In 1978 they had a farm sale and built a new home in Ricketts, IA and Ed began working at Farmland Foods until 1992 when he retired. Ed worked various jobs during his retirement including the pie factory in Mapleton, IA, the campgrounds in Storm Lake and Lake View, IA and drove a limo for Glenn Lewis for six years. He also did interior and exterior painting and woodworking as a hobby. In 2004 Edward and Marlene moved to an apartment in Battle Creek, IA.

Throughout his lifetime Ed was active in the churches he attended holding many different offices at St. Paul’s in Ute, St. Luke’s in Ricketts, and St. John’s in Battle Creek, IA. He was a member of the Community Club and the Legion. Ed was active in starting the euchre club and bingo in Ricketts. The couple loved to play cards, visit friends, and travel to see their family.

Left to cherish his memory include his children Debra (Clark) Harm of Matthews, NC, Carol Krohnke of Schleswig, IA, Kenneth (Marsha) Marth of Ricketts, IA and Michael (Jill) Marth of Ricketts, IA; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild; brother Melvin (Eileen) Naeve; sisters-in-law Charlene Naeve and Jan (Jimmie) Yockey; brother-in-law Harry Thiel; nieces, nephews extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife L. Marlene Marth; father Edward H. Marth; mother and stepfather Hedwig and Roy Naeve; sisters Betty (Wilbur) Kuhlman and Darlene (Everett) Peasley; brother Alvin Naeve. son-in-law Douglas Krohnke; father-in-law Louis Koeppen; mother-in-law and stepfather-in-law Edna (Louie) Kelm; sisters-in-law Shirley (Bill) Dunlap and Marge Thiel.


Private Family Graveside Services

A Celebration of Life for Ed and Marlene will be held at a later date.


Rev. Randy Cormeny


St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
Charter Oak, Iowa


Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:12 AM
“Deb & Clark: My sympathies on the loss of Deb's father. And it was so close to the loss of your Mom - doubly hard. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My God comfort you in your loss and hold your parents in his arms. Take Care. Connie Riessen”
- Connie Riessen
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:12 AM
“Deepest sympathy for your loss. He was a very kind man and how hard it is to loose your parents so close together. God Bless.”
- Fern Krayenhagen
Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 9:12 AM
“We are so sorry for your family with the passing of Ed. This just breaks our hearts. They were such good friends with mom and dad. We had such a nice visit with them last February before all this Covid started. I know mom wants to send her condolences also. She is so saddened by the passing of both your parents. Sending our condolences and prayers. ”
- Joyce and David Johnson
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