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Eugene L Martinson
December 6, 1942 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Eugene L. Martinson, 81 of Paynesville, died Sunday, January 7, 2024 at the Paynesville Care Center in Paynesville. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 13, 2024 at Nordland Lutheran Church near Paynesville. Visitation will be 4-7 pm. Friday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Paynesville and for one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls at a later date. Services will be live streamed from the church website.
Eugene Lester Martinson was born on December 6, 1942, on the family farm near Paynesville, the son of Lester and Mona (Bliven) Martinson. He attended country grade school in Dist. #19, attended Paynesville School in 7th grade, then graduated from John Marshall High School in Rochester in 1960. He continued his education at the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, receiving a draftsman degree in 1962. He worked for Prestressed Concrete in Anoka before being drafted into the US Army, serving in Fort Hood, Texas from 1964 to 1966, where he met many lifelong friends. On May 13, 1967, Eugene was united in marriage to Kathee Louise Brown. This union was blessed with two daughters and a son. They made their home in Mounds View before moving to Paynesville in 1975. He worked as a Master Electrician and later opened Current Electric with his brother-in-law. Later in his career he served as maintenance director at the Paynesville Area Hospital until his retirement in 2004.
Eugene was a life-long member of Nordland Lutheran Church. He enjoyed softball, camping, motorcycling, and bowling, with a high game of 299. He especially loved and enjoyed his family. He was an avid hunter with both bow and gun. He was proud to share this interest with his son, grandsons and granddaughters. He spent his retirement agate hunting and serving the Paynesville American Legion in many ways, but especially enjoyed serving on the Honor Guard.
Eugene is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathee; children, Edith Buermann of Paynesville, Laura (Jaime) Schmidt of Big Lake and Darrin Martinson (Cody Hoff) of Sauk Rapids; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); 3 brothers; 5 sisters and numerous special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin sisters; and son-in-law, John Buermann.