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Kenneth Martin 01/11/2017

Kenneth D. Martin age 82 a longtime resident of River Falls died in his sleep early Wednesday, January 11th, of pancreatic cancer.  Ken was born the son of Charles and Dorothy (Sutherland) Martin on December 6, 1934 in Pepin, WI.  He spent his childhood years in Elmwood.  Ken was a retired electrician with 3M and Armour.  He had a love Ford motor vehicles, was a member of multiple area car clubs, and spent many weekends at area car shows.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Carol; father, Charles; sisters, Beverly Leach and Charlene Martin.  Ken is survived by his children, Michele (Stephen) Bloes, Colleen Martin, Bob Martin; his mother, Dorothy Martin; siblings, Brenda Martin, Michael (Sandy) Martin; he is furthered survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  A funeral service was held Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2 pm at HOPE Lutheran Church (3337 Kingsbarn Ave.) in River Falls.  Visitation was also Monday from 1-2 pm at the church.  Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to Rhinos Foundation of River Falls (P.O. Box 689 River Falls, WI 54022).  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.  The family would like to thank Ken’s neighbors and Alva Leach for their assistance during his illness.


  • Jim Berg Posted January 12, 2017 2:42 pm

    Ken was a wonderful brother in law and terrific person. I will miss him

  • Verna & Roger Tweiten Posted January 13, 2017 11:47 pm

    Ken was a great neighbor and we will miss conversations with him and his collection of cars.

  • Kristen Leach Posted January 14, 2017 2:27 pm

    RIP Uncle “Mert” – you will be greatly missed…Enjoy taking any car of your dreams for a ride around Heaven above….

  • Rob Kallstrom Posted January 16, 2017 2:35 am

    Got to know Ken over the last several years at car shows. We will miss you, rest in peace.

  • Eve Crandell Posted January 17, 2017 7:24 pm

    When cars were mentioned or when the swamp people were chasing alligators ken’s eyes lite up. I enjoyed his company and always looked forward to spending time with him. I know we are not to have favorites at St. Croix Hospice, but you couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Rest in peace good friend.

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