Kenneth LaMar Martens, 88, of Inman, KS, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Ascension Via Christi – St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Wichita. He was a farmer and stockman and had lived in the Inman area most of his life.
Kenneth was born January 19, 1932, in Inman, KS, the son of George K. and Susie (Loewen) Martens. He graduated from Clark School, Inman.
On May 29, 1955, Kenneth was united in marriage to Matilda “Tillie” Redger in Montezuma, KS. She died November 16, 1997. On October 19, 2001, he married Juanita (Penner) Buerge in Ithaca, MI. She died March 19, 2014.
Survivors include: four daughters, Debra (Robert) Koehn of Ulysses, KS, Susan (Gayland) Zeiset of Decatur, AR, Patricia (Bob) Toews of Lavonia, GA, and Janelle (Cam) Klassen of Gentry, AR; a son, Kendall (Marlys) Martens of Inman, KS; a brother, Robert Martens of Inman, KS; 20 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Anna (Hiebert) Martens, wives, and sister, Lola Litwiller.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 AM, Thursday, January 21, 2021, at the Zion Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Inman, KS. Burial will follow at the Zion Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 20, at the church with family greeting friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Memorial donations may be given to Inman Senior Center in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kenneth L. Martens please visit our Sympathy Store.