Martin Arthur Morgenstern, 102, died Nov. 6, 2016, at his home in Great Bend, surrounded by many people who loved him. Born Sept. 6, 1914, on the family farm near Galatia, he was the son of Samuel and Lena (Radke) Morgenstern.
Martin graduated from Russell High School. He was a lifetime Barton County resident living in Galatia, Hoisington, and Great Bend. He worked in the oil industry as a contract pumper and supervisor for Central Petroleum and Shell Oil. In addition Martin was also employed in law enforcement as a reserve officer.
Martin was a World War II veteran serving in the United States Army as a Staff Sergeant from 1942 to 1945. During his time in the service, Martin earned four bronze stars for battles in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was also decorated with the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, World War II Victory Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the Eame Theater Ribbon.
Martin was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hoisington. He was a member of the American Legion, and was a lifetime member of both the V.F.W. and the Elks Club. He enjoyed fishing, trap shooting, hunting, and playing cards. On Dec. 25, 1938, he married Wilma Moore in Otis. She preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2011.
Survivors include his three nephews: Kent Gates of Kansas City, Missouri, Bruce Corbin and wife Erin of Topeka, Kansas, and Gary Corbin and wife Sherry of Carmel, Indiana. He was preceded in death by his wife Wilma, two brothers, Ralph and Luther Morgenstern, and a sister, Amanda Morgenstern.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Reuben Lang’at presiding. Burial will follow in Hoisington Cemetery, with military honors provided by Fort Riley Honor Guard and escorted by the Patriot Guard. Friends may call 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, with family to receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Eldercare of Great Bend or Golden Belt Home Health and Hospice, in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, PO Box 146, Hoisington, KS 67544. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net
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