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     Roland “Fleeter” Marti, age 79, of Lamar Heights, Missouri, passed away early Wednesday morning, December 16, 2015, at his home.

     Fleeter was born December 19, 1935 at his family home in Barton County, the youngest of the twelve children of Louis and Olive (Cordill) Marti.  He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Robert, Ed, Carl, Allen, Dean, and Don Marti; and three sisters, Eunice Martin, Peg Bucher, and Rosemary Degnan.

     After graduating from Lamar High School in 1953, Fleeter entered the U.S. Army.  Returning home in 1955, he attended college in Pittsburg, Kansas and Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  On June 24, 1960, at Lamar, Fleeter married Margaret Berryhill and together they farmed and operated Berryhill Oil Company.  Over the years, they developed the corner that welcomed many travelers to Lamar, anchoring several businesses with their well-known LaMarti’s Truck Stop.  Fleeter officially retired in 1997, but remained very active in his community in many organizations including Metro, Jaycees, Elks Lodge, Lamar Country Club, Rotary, Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

     Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Margaret; a son, Jerry (Debbie) Marti, Lamar; two daughters, Sharri (Bill) Emmerling, Pittsburg, and Julie (Erin) Miller, Lamar; a brother, Charles (Alice) Marti, Lamar; a sister, Polly (Roy) Schrock, Eureka, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Jack Degnan, Bloomington, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Jean Marti, Arlene Marti, and Kay Marti, all of Lamar, and Delores Marti, Gridley, Illinois; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Marti, Jennifer (Kale) Regier, Charis (Rodney) Woods, Rinnah Emmerling, Josiah Emmerling, Jeremy “J-Dawg” Marti, Marlie and Josie Miller; and a large extended Marti and Berryhill family.

     A funeral service including Elks and Masonic Rites will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Fleeter’s birthday, Saturday, December 19th at Daniel Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.  Burial will be at a later date.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Camp Barnabas.

Comments  

#9 Bartlesville, OklahomaGuy Sutherland 2016-01-03 15:55
Fleeter will be missed by many. He was my classmate in high school and continued as a friend throughout his life. To Margaret and Jerry and all the family my prayers to all of you. Remember him for all he did throughout his lifetime.
#8 Clinton, MOBob Fenwick 2015-12-21 10:14
Friend Jerry and Family; Sympathy to you Jerry and all your family. Thinking of you brings back lots of fond memories of good times, flying and otherwise too. May God bless you in every possible way.
Bob and Arvie Fenwick
#7 Lafayette, INRitchie and Wanda Hoffman 2015-12-20 12:50
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family. May God strengthen all of you especially during this difficult time.
God be you,
Ritchie and Wanda Hoffman
#6 Vicky 2015-12-19 08:07
So many memories, so much love for all of you.
#5 Festus/Crystal City, MissouriNancy Smith 2015-12-17 17:36
Margaret and Family, I have so many memories of you, Margaret, and Fleeter. Lots of fun and laughter. My heart goes out to you all. Thank you for all you have done for Lamar.
#4 Springfield mo.Brian Marti 2015-12-17 14:34
Will miss you fleeter. Thanks for the memories. Love you buddy.
#3 Lamar,MissouriRichard Ryan 2015-12-17 13:44
Fleeter was a good friend and classmate. RIP good friend.
#2 Rensselaer, INElaine Sanders 2015-12-17 08:24
Aunt Margaret and family, we are praying for you. So many fond memories of time spent in Lamar with family.
#1 Carthage, MoWayne Marti 2015-12-16 17:24
Fleet, Thanks for the memories!

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