Galen Robert Martinson, 63, Velva, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in a Rochester, Minn., hospital.
Galen was born July 9, 1949, at Minot, the son of Fred and Ella (Schmidt) Martinson. He was raised on the family farm near Benedict and attended country schools near Benedict before graduating from Sawyer High School.
Galen married the love of his life, Gayle Nelson, a graduate of Velva High School, on July 24, 1970, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Kongsberg. Living in Minot, they started their family. First born was Robert in 1971, followed by Phillip in 1980. In 1974, they purchased their family farm from Samuel and Dora Skoglund near Velva, where they raised cattle and small grains.
In addition, Galen's employment included construction and concrete work with Ernie's Concrete of Minot, Arlo Weishaar Concrete of Garrison and Benedict, Don's Concrete of Benedict, and he was a member of UMWA Local #8957 during employment at Consol Mines of Velva. Most recently he was employed with Archer Daniels Midland of Velva, where he worked 25 years as a production shift foreman.
Galen served Bjornson Township for 18 years as a supervisor.
His dream was to be a gun specialist. He enjoyed spending time with his sons, family, and close friends. Guns, hunting, fishing and the great outdoors were his special times.
Those who shared in Galen's life include: his wife of 42 years, Gayle; sons, Robert (Brenda) Martinson, of Simcoe, Phillip (Sarah) Martinson, of Benedict; granddaughter, Cheree Schneider, of Simcoe; sisters, Andrea (Eric) Klanderman, Fairfax, Va., Judy Sloboden, Ruso, Myrna (Ron) Undlin, Minot; sisters-in-law and brothers-in law, Loretta Martinson, Garrison, Joyce Martinson, Burlington, Richard and Darlene (Nelson) Ritter, Venturia, Curtis (Diana) Nelson, Velva; mother-in-law, Beatrice Nelson, Velva; aunts, Viola Bradshaw and Gladys Baluski; godchildren, Erin Klanderman LaMont, Broad Run, Va., and Kevin Nelson, Velva; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Galen was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin and Leland Martinson; father-in-law, Earl Nelson; and brother-in-law, Raymond Sloboden.
Funeral service: Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at 2 p.m. in Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.
Interment: Velva Community Cemetery
Visitation: Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 7 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot, and Friday, one hour prior to the service, in the church.
Memorials: Are preferred to Pheasants Forever, the Souris Valley Care Center in Velva, The Benedict Church or the Sherrie Sloboden Benefit Fund.