Bruce Ervin Marti, age 86, of Friendship, Wisconsin passed away of cancer on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at his home.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship. A luncheon will follow at the Friendship Congregational Church from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Interment will be 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 15th at the Mt. Repose Cemetery in Friendship.
Bruce was born January 11, 1937, in Joliet, Illinois to Ervin and Gertrude (Gumble) Marti. In 1943 they moved from a farm in Illinois to a farm in Friendship, WI bringing their Brown Swiss dairy cows with them. He graduated at the age of 18 from a UW short course on farming. After his father’s death he took over the family’s dairy farm. He married Betty Smith and had two children, a daughter Maryanne and a son Bruce Jr. They divorced and then he married Marth Witcraft-Dalman who had a daughter Penny. They had two sons Brad and Brian, and a daughter Trudy.
Bruce was on the Farm Bureau Board for over 50 years and also served as a Fire Warden for over 60 years. He served on South Central DHI and was a 4-H leader. Bruce loved his Brown Swiss Cows and farming his land. He also loved driving his John Deere tractors.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents Ervin & Gertrude Marti, his wife of 48 years Martha, his brother Dale Marti, his sisters Mary Armstrong, Betty Brake, Shirley Gorney, and his grandson Joseph “Joey” Vinopal Jr.
He is survived by his sons Bruce Jr. (Alyssa), of Nashville, IN., Brad of Friendship, Brian of Friendship, his daughters Maryanne Perring of Beloit, WI; Penny Vinopal (Joseph) of Mauston, WI., and Trudy Marti of Friendship. Foster children Rayma, Rhonda, and Mike. Bruce is further survived by his many grandchildren, a whole bunch of great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren plus his nieces and nephews.
Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit www.roseberrys.com for online condolences and further information.