Edward Anthony Marketon, age 84, of Waverly, was surround by family when he passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.
He was born Jan. 22, 1930, in Middleville Township, to Thomas and Agnes (Baldy) Marketon.
Ed graduated from Howard Lake High School.
He was united in marriage to Florence B. Karels Jan. 24, 1950, at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly. They made their home in Waverly, where they raised their seven children.
Prior to going into business for himself, Ed was employed at Eddie Ford Sales in Waverly. He started, owned, and operated Marketon’s Auto Body until 1992; and continued to run Marketon’s Gun Shop, and work for the City of Waverly on a part-time basis mowing lawns and plowing ice rinks until his health declined.
Ed was very involved in the Knights of Columbus, helping to build the KC Hall in Waverly. He and Florence also managed the KC Hall for many years.
Ed was an active member of Knights of Columbus Council 1556, as well as being a Fourth Degree Knight.
He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting.
ED was a charter member of the Waverly Gun Club, and he and Florence, along with family, were involved in black powder cannon shoots and were members of the First Waverly Volunteers.
Ed also taught firearms safety for over 50 years. He was a member of the Waverly Winter Wanderers Snowmobile Club.
Ed and Florence loved to travel; they made trips to Germany, Austria, Spain, Kansas, and Texas to visit their son while in the Army. In later years, they enjoyed countless camping trips around the state of Minnesota with family and friends.
Family meant everything to Ed. He spent countless hours with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed every minute.
Ed’s faith in God was his strength during hard times.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; parents Thomas and Agnes Marketon; and sons-in-law Michael Miller and Darrel Driver.
Ed is survived by his children and their spouses, Philip and Vicki Marketon, Bonnie Driver, Bernard and Margaret Marketon, Kathy Miller-Daiker and Jim Daiker, Mike and Jeanie Marketon, Patty and Kurt Kruckman, and Bob and Brenda Marketon; 21 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by siblings and their spouses, Margaret (Jerry) Thiemann, Walter (Jackie) Marketon, Arthur (Jolene) Marketon, Louie Marketon, Helen (Bob) Bauman, Rosie Milewski, and Martha (Larry) Clark; as well as caregiver Cindy Grangroth and family.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, with the Rev. Kenneth O’Hotto officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Visitation took place Friday, Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. KC service; and continued Saturday from 9 to 9:45 a.m., all at St. Mary’s parish center in Waverly.
Arrangements were handled by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.