COLUMBUS — Gerald L. "Sonny" Marker, 84, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at Columbus Community Hospital.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery in Columbus with military honors by the American Legion Hartman Post 84 Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and 8-10 a.m. Thursday, all at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Bonaventure Church.
Gerald was born March 14, 1931, in Ravenna to Harvey and Nellie (Suntken) Marker. He grew up in Spalding where he helped on the family farm. He entered the U.S. Army in 1952, serving in Germany and France. When he returned he married Dolores Sandman on June 28, 1955, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Petersburg. They moved to Columbus where he worked at Gerhold Concrete, then moved to Elgin where he took over his father-in-law's mail route for two years. He then moved to Platte Center and returned to work at Gerhold Concrete. In 1975, they built a house north of Columbus. He retired from Moorman Feed Company after 25 years. Gerald enjoyed yard work, gardening, building bird houses, making rosaries and jewelry and playing the guitar.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Dolores Marker of Columbus; daughters, Cindy (Tom Meays) Langan of Columbus, Sue (Tom) Streeter of Albion and Michele (Warren) Voorhees of Columbus; son, Steve (Jackie) Marker of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; brothers, Bob (Fern) Marker of Columbus, Bill Marker of Platte Center and Dan Marker of Platte Center; and sisters, Eileen Carnahan of Columbus, Evelyn (Jerry) Ehrn of Florence, Arizona, Donna (L.D.) Hatcher of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Shirley (Chuck) Sandoval of Buena Vista, Colorado, Carol (Bob) Terry of Columbus, Sharon Heller of Platte Center, June (Ron) Swanson of Columbus, Delores Miller of Columbus, Bonnie Kobbs of Colorado and Betty Devall of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Phyllis Burke; brother, Don Marker; and granddaughter, Amy Langan.
Condolences may be directed to www.mckownfuneralhome.com.