Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2011

Obituary – Dean Gabriel Martinsen

HAWARDEN, Iowa — Dean Gabriel Martinsen, 85, Hawarden, Iowa, formerly of Newcastle, died March 15, 2011, at Hillcrest Health Care Center, Hawarden.
Services were March 19 at Congregational United Church of Christ, Newcastle.
Burial, with military rites, was in Newcastle Cemetery.
Visitation was at Porter Funeral Home, Hawarden.


Dean Gabriel Martinsen was born April 10, 1925, in Ponca, to Gabriel and Bertha (Wendte) Martinsen. He was raised in Newcastle and graduated from Newcastle High School. Dean served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Great Sitkin.? He married Emogene Beyeler Dec. 25, 1952, in South Sioux City. They lived and raised their family in Newcastle, Storm Lake, Iowa, and Estherville, Iowa, before moving to Hawarden in 1962.
Dean was employed by various packing plants until he settled into his own business as the local butcher. He purchased Hawarden Meats and ran a successful business for more than 15 years. He and his wife also owned Soo Motel and ran that business together for many years.
Dean enjoyed golfing with his friends, dancing, playing cards and spending winters in Sun City, Ariz.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hawarden.
Survivors include his son, William “Bill” and wife, Jennifer Martinsen, Hawarden, Iowa; a brother, Max and wife, May Lou Martinsen, Cherokee, Iowa; a sister, Elsie Lund, Newcastle; a son-in-law, Lee Thomas, Palm Desert, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Glenn Beyeler and wife, Alice, Wynot; three sisters-in-law, Nina Martinsen, Newcastle; Lou Martinsen, Whiting, Iowa; and Edna Martinsen, Sioux City, Iowa; 12 grandchildren and their spouses; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emogene; his daughter, Sabelle Thomas, Palm Desert, Calif.; two stepsons, James and Gene Skipper; four brothers, Elmer, Clarence, Glenn and Lloyd; and two sisters, Lois Harder and Donna Anderson.