Leonard Lewis "Joe" Marti, age 85, of Lamar, peacefully passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at Via Christi Village with loved ones by his side.

     Joe was born September 11, 1930, in Barton County, Missouri, the fifth of the eight children of Fred and Anna (Kaufman) Marti.  In addition to being a life-long farmer, Joe had also worked for a few years at Lawn-Boy in Lamar.  On July 30, 1955, Joe married Jewell Evelyn Thorburn and they made their home and raised their son, Jeffrey, on the farm.  A devoted husband and father, Joe was a spiritual leader, a quiet, patient teacher and role-model for many more than just his immediate family.  While no one could fill the void left when Jeff died as a teenager due to a heart condition, Joe continued to be an admired father figure and was loved deeply by a large extended family.

     In addition to his son, Jeff, Joe was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin Marti and Ervin Marti; and two sisters, Ruth Schrock and Corrine Roth.

     Survivors include his beloved wife of 60 years, Evelyn Marti; a brother, Dale (Corrine) Marti, Lamar; a brother-in-law, Roy Roth, Eureka, Illinois; two sisters, Dorothy (Paul) Wagenbach, Burlington, Iowa and Allene (Jerry) Steffen, Goodfield, Illinois; a sister-in-law, Teresa Marti, Burlington, Iowa; and many nephews and nieces.  Other survivors Joe considered to be his family include Calvin and Jodi Luthi of Lamar and their children, Audrey (Aaron) Rokey, Morris, Minnesota, Jessica (Jesse) Braker, Liberal, Missouri, Jared, Ryan, Caleb, Nathan, Amber, Austin, Danielle, and Clint Luthi all of Lamar.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 18th at Daniel Funeral Home in Lamar. 

     A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 19th at Apostolic Christian Faith Church, 3101 North Joplin, Pittsburg, Kansas.  The graveside committal service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Apostolic Christian Cemetery in Barton County, Missouri.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Apostolic Christian Faith Church in Pittsburg or Hospice Compassus in care of the funeral home.



#4 Quincy, ILArnold & Marjorie Gerst 2016-01-20 18:08
Dear Evelyn, your extended family, and the Marti family, we are so very sorry for your loss. We well always remember the Christian hospitality we received from you hands, when we would come to Lamar for church, when we lived in Tulsa. That was from Labor Day weekend 1963, through early November 1964. We know that you will be richly rewarded, as Leonard & Jeff are now experiencing. It was our desire to be with you to share your sorrow, but we were unable to do so.
#3 El Dorado Springs MissouriBeverly Mayfield Beaty 2016-01-17 17:12
I want to send my prayers to the family at this time. I always admired Joe and his love for Christ and his family. I know that Jeff and his dad are giving each other a big hug.
#2 Connie Thorburn Farnsworth 2016-01-17 15:48
I think Uncle Joe was so quiet because Aunt Evelyn was a talker in the day. I definitely know he lived for the Lord and Jeff & him will all be a family again once it's Aunt Evelyn's time to join them.
#1 Cindy Thorburn Crane 2016-01-17 08:52
I remember Uncle Joe as a quiet gentle man with a sense of humor. I know he is in heaven with his Savior and Jeff at his side patiently waiting for Aunt Evelyn to join them. RIP Uncle Joe.

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