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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Frank Martz

Frank W Martz

Saturday, November 9th, 1929 - Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Frank W. Martz, 90, of Wakonda, SD, passed away peacefully at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Viborg, SD, on January 7, 2020, after a short illness.
Frank was born on November 9, 1929, in Iowa to Elsie (Bridgeman) and Oliver Martz. He attended country school through eighth grade before he began working for local farmers. Frank operated heavy equipment helping build bridges until he started his own Martz Excavating in 1966. He placed value in hard work and loved going to Red River of the North fishing with his sons and grandsons. His prize catch was a 300lb 7ft halibut caught in Alaska.
On February 21, 1949, he was united in marriage to Mary Leisinger. To this union was born 6 children. Mary passed away in 1979. Frank married Lorraine Hessman on January 24, 1986.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary, grandsons Bucky and Waylon Madsen, Treyton Martz, and siblings Ada, Jim, Clara, Pete, Ray and Roy.
Frank is survived by his wife, Lorraine, Wakonda, children; Vicki (Howard) Wagenaar, Alcester, Cathy (Dave) Smit, Hurley, Jenny (Ron) Peterson, Vermillion, Pam (Darrell) Vik, Beresford, Rick Martz, Wakonda, Royce Martz, Centerville, Brenda VanSchoiack, Madison, NE, Dixie (Mike) Nelson, Lamont (Teresa) Hessman, Doug (Ruth) Hessman, all of Wakonda, Julie (Mark) Nelsen, Volin, SD, Michelle (Bob) Foley, Sioux Falls, Michael (Lourdes) Hessman, Yankton, and Heidi (Tom) Healy, Irene, also one sister, Pearl Heck, Princeton, MO, 38 grandchildren & 46 great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to Pioneer Memorial Hospital for the great care.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 10th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, January 10th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
  • Service

    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 10:00am
    Hansen Funeral Home
    Pastor Judy Sayler
  • Interment

    Holland Cemetery
    Hwy 19A
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  • Reception

    Irene Community Center
    103 Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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Arlene Harper

Posted at 07:33am
I will miss my greetings from Frank that were a regular part of my day. His sparkling blue eyes, wide smile and hearty laugh made my day. A happy soul whenever I spoke with him. The world lost a special soul.

Randy & Debbie Petersen

Posted at 11:48am
Randy & I want to express our sympathy to all of Frank's family. Over the years we've shared time and connections with different family members and with Frank. I'm not sure if I ever remember a time he didn't say hello, give a smile, tell a story, a joke, or the good ole farmer raised finger when meeting on the road.

We hope that you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate his life and your family. We thank you for always being there when we've needed you in the past, with a song, a hug, or just a simple I'm thinking of you.

We will be giving a Memorial in his name to the Centerville UCC Warm Hearts Fund.

Jo Cuka

Posted at 04:43pm
Frank was such a great guy. He loved to joke with all the waitresses down at Toby’s. He was one of the favorites at Toby’s. Always had a smile on his face. Rest In Peace Frank!!

Donna Gratzfeld

Posted at 05:49pm
No words cannot express what a great guy Frank was.He was such a good friend to Carl and myself.He was a hardworking family man. Always a wave and a smile to all.He will be so missed by so many. Thinking of you all.

Cindy and John Carrington

Posted at 09:18pm
Royce and Rick . so sorry to read about your father . Prayers are with you and your families. Cherish those memories and share the stories as he would want you too. God bless all of you

Dan and Joyce Hessman Posted at 03:06pm

Let perpetual light shine upon Frank. Joyce and I express our heartfelt thoughts to both sides of Frank's family. We say this from the perspective that we only were able to see Frank infrequently at family gatherings and can only say he was a Stand-up kind of guy. Always friendly. The memorable thought to me personnally (Dan) was that he asked for my blessing to marry Lorraine (my sister-in-law). Thats a Stand-up guy! A good Man!

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