Philip Matthew Marking, age 95, of rural Dassel, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Olivia.
He was born June 11, 1915, in Sykeston, ND, the son of Mathias and Anna (Ohry) Marking.
Philip was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith, and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin.
He was united in marriage to Erma Mortenson June 8, 1948, at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Litchfield. They made their home on a farm in the rural Dassel area.
Philip worked hard on the family farm, and had also worked for C. J. Peterson, Haapala Seeds, Hess Farms, Payco, Pride Worth, Weather Master, Midwest Research, and at Linco Seeds as a production worker and in charge of operating the corn dryers.
He enjoyed playing the card game, solitaire; working on the family farm, traveling to visit family, playing the harmonica, and having coffee in town with all of his friends at the Prairie House and Red Rooster Café.
Philip is survived by his wife, Erma, of Litchfield; children, Ernie (Darlene) Marking of Dassel, and Ann (Ricky) Zillmer of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Jessica Randt (Darren), Jacquelynn Zillmer (Russell), Phillip Marking-Zillmer (Kayla), and Joanna Zillmer; and six great-grandchildren, Natalie, Jocelynn, Kaden, Natasha, Zachary, and Nora.
He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Vernon (Wanda) Mortenson, and several nieces and nephews.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents; and nine siblings, Frank Marking, Elizabeth Platt, Mary Robinette, Rose Robinette, Joseph Marking, William Marking, Lawrence Marking, Agnes Adcock, and Hubert Marking.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place Friday, Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, with burial at the Swan Lake Cemetery, rural Dassel.
Visitation was Thursday evening, Dec. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m., with a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.