ELLINWOOD — Marlin C. Isern (Mort), 86, passed away on Nov. 26, 2016, at Mitchell County Hospital in Beloit. Born June 25, 1930, in rural Ellinwood he was the son of Landry and Emma H. (Manke) Isern. In 1948, he graduated from Ellinwood High School. On Sept. 4, 1960, he married Normalee Peter at United Church of Christ. A lifetime Ellinwood resident, he worked as a farmer and an electrician and was very active in the community. Marlin also was a loyal American Red Cross blood donor for many years. In addition he was a tour escort for the Great Bend Coop Tour for 25 years.
Mr. Isern served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. He was a member of the St. John Lutheran Church, where he served as President, Trustee and church elder. He also was a member and past president of Lions Club, and active member of the American Legion, former past Commander of the 7th District (1994), and past board member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a boy scout leader, township trustee of Lakin township, past President of KS Legislative Policy Group, former school board member and county commissioner.
Survivors include his wife, Normalee Isern of Ellinwood; a son, Carl Isern (Cheryl), of Ellinwood; a daughter, DeAnn Haake (David), of Olathe; six grandchildren, Chris Isern, CayLee Isern, Cody Isern, Marissa Haake, Erica Haake, and Daniel Haake; and four nieces and nephews, John, Jane, Mark and Myron Isern. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Martin L.J. Isern.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinwood with Pastor Merlin Lohrke officiating. Burial will follow at Lakin-Comanche District Cemetery in Ellinwood. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at St. John Lutheran Church with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. John Lutheran Church or the American Legion Post #320 in care of the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
P.O. Box 246
Ellinwood, KS. 67526
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 29, 2016