Arthur Martinson Jr., 81, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Lake Winona Manor in Winona, Minn. He was surrounded by many loving family members and friends.
Art was born on December 19, 1935, in Winona, Minn., to Arthur and LaVina (Moen) Martinson. He graduated from Winona Senior High School in 1953. On May 24, 1980, he married the love of his life, Patty Stevens. Her two sons, Troy and Jeff, became Art’s fourth and fifth sons.
Art worked for IBM for more than 30 years, retiring at age 51, when he and Patty spent the next 15 years enjoying winters in Apache Junction, Ariz. They enjoyed flea markets, and formed many special friendships there. As a youth he was a member of the Dragons Car Club, he loved photography, woodworking and especially spending time with his children, grandchildren and many friends. Art was a meticulous person who had a place for everything. He and his wife Patty played Kismet every morning for 37 years, and he kept track of every game. Patty would like to thank Art’s primary care provider Dr. Andrew Vaughan for always being there for both Art and Patty. We also want to thank the wonderful caregivers that lovingly cared for Art while he was at Lake Winona Manor.
Survivors include his wife, Patty; five sons, Jeff (Kathy) Martinson of Rochester, Terry (Zee) Martinson of Kellogg and David (Angela) of Hagar City, Wis., Troy (Libby) Amaris of Minneapolis and Jeff Amaris of Rochester; 12 grandchildren, Aaron, Abby, Ashley, Josh, Amanda, Heather and Brittany Martinson, and Jennifer, Jessica, Brendan, Maggie and Anna Amaris; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Arlys Drazkowski of Winona, Minn.; brother, Arlen Martinson of Coon Valley, Wis.; sister, Karen (Allen) Burt of Minnesota City, Minn.; and sister-in-law, Eva Martinson. He was preceded in death by both parents; brothers, Jerry and Roger Martinson; and brother-in-law, Bill Drazkowski.
The funeral for Art will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 28, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1105 12th Street SE in Rochester. Art’s cousin, Pastor Roland Burt, will officiate his funeral. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Memorials are suggested to the family.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.