Gordon Martens Obituary – Death
Gordon Martens Obituary – Death : Authorities confirm that 81-year old Gordon Martens from Van Meter, Iowa was one of the the victims of the accident that occurred at 1:49 p.m. on Tuesday (September 7), on Interstate 35 southbound near the 106-mile marker.
According to The Iowa State Patrol, the accident happened when a southbound 2007 Peterbilt semi driven by 32-year old Matthew Rewiltzer of Eagle Bend, Minnesota, failed to stop at a safe distance for a 2016 GMC Canyon driven by Gordon Martens, and a 2005 GMC Econoline Van that slowed down due to traffic congestion.
The semi also struck another semi, and two additional semis, and a van during the crash.
Life Before Death
Gordon was born at his Aunt Kate’s house in rural Van Meter on December 9, 1939. Growing up, he attended Trinity Lutheran Church with his parents, Lou and Anna Martens, and his two brothers, Kenny and Gene. Gordon graduated from Van Meter High School in 1957.
He joined the Iowa Air National Guard in December 1960, and served an accomplished and lengthy military career. He was commissioned as a Captain in November 1979, and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1995. He loved his country, and his fellow Guardsmen. His involvement with the Guard did not end or fade away when Gordie retired. To the contrary, he and Jill seemed to enjoy Guard events and gatherings even more in retirement. Gordon was kind, strong, and steady, always willing to lend guidance and leadership, whenever and wherever called upon. Gordon got married to his beloved wife Jill Martens (who unfortunately died in the same accident that killed Gordon). The couple were married in the Booneville United Methodist Church on October 26, 1963. (See also : https://societyalert.com/gordon-martens-a…s-obituary-death/
Funeral arrangement / Visitation
Visitation will be held on September 13, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Veterans Reception Center, 910 Main Street, Van Meter, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at the same location on September 14, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., with committal services at Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 11:00 a.m., and a luncheon to follow back at the reception center.