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LeRoy Martens Dec. 28, 1924 - Sept. 24, 2009

PELICAN RAPIDS -- LeRoy Robert Martens, 84, of Pelican Rapids died Thursday at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

The service was Monday in Pelican Rapids. Arrangements were with Larson Funeral Home in Pelican Rapids.

He was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Meeker County to Laurence and Frieda (Wallmow) Martens. He attended Litchfield High School. He farmed for several years near Darwin and worked for Minnesota Valley Breeders as a technician for 12 years.

He married Dorothy Severtson on Nov. 3, 1962, in Fargo, N.D. He managed co-ops in Pelican Rapids, Hartford, Wis., and Greenwood, Wis.He retired in 1985 and they moved back to Pelican Rapids. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Pelican Rapids Rotary and the Greenwood Lions.

He is survived by his wife; children: Larry Martens of Twin Falls, Idaho, Keith Martens of Pahrump, Nev., Kristi Martens of Twin Falls, Idaho, Bruce Martens of Stillwater, Mike (and Diane) Martens of Orangevale, Calif. and Barry (and Jodi) Martens of Eau Claire, Wis. and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Liz Martens; and two sisters.