Marlin “Marley” Wurdinger

RANDOLPH — Marlin “Marley” Wurdinger, 84, Randolph, died July 23, 2019, at the Hillcrest Care Center, Laurel.

Visitation and a Vigil services were July 28 at St. Frances de Chantel Catholic Church, Randolph.

Mass Of Christian Burial was July 29 at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church with Rev. Timothy Forget and Deacon Doug Tunink officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Kirt, Todd and Scott Cunningham, Cliff Burbach, Ryan Martindale, Vernon Gubbels, Butch Van Auker and Marley’s Bowling Team.

Active pallbearers were Doug, Mark, Dan and Dana Wurdinger, Darin Loberg, Ryan Lubberstedt and Beau Lubberstedt.

Interment was in St. Frances Catholic Cemetery, Randolph.

Arrangements were under the direction of Hasemann Funeral Home, Wayne.

Marlin John Wurdinger was born May 6, 1935, on a farm near Belden to John and Josephine (Pflanz) Wurdinger.  He attended country school, Randolph High School, and graduated from St. Frances High School, Randolph, in 1954.  He worked for Paul Wattier’s Grocery Store during his high school years. Marley served in the United States Army in Korea and Japan, from 1955-1957. While in Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Sheridan, Ill., he was named to the All Army Team for the Company Fast Ball Softball Team.  In October 1955, he spent 13 months

in Korea, 13 miles from 38th Parallel by DMZ Line.  He worked at Meiers Hilltop Station and Café from 1958-1959, near Randolph; owned and operated Marley’s Standard Station from 1960-1998, building a new station in 1967 complete with car wash; the Randolph Golf Course, and the Custodial Department at Connell Hall and Hahn Administration at Wayne State College until his retirement in 2014.  

Marley married Irene Bauer Martindale April 29, 1977, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Laurel.  He enjoyed bowling 41 years, golfing, and playing short stop for the Randolph Town Team 14 years.  Marley was a volunteer head coach for  the high school and junior varsity basketball teams for the Blue Jays at St. Frances Catholic School from 1957-1964, with a record of 109-47.  During that time their team captured two conferences, two conference tournaments, and one year were runners up in the Cedar County Tournament.  He always said what really good kids he coached.  Marley was a member of St. Frances Catholic Church and a Charter Member of Randolph Community Golf Course. He was a die-hard Red Sox Fan and Nebraska Husker donor and ticket holder for 49 years.

Marley is survived by his brother, Eldon Wurdinger, Columbus; sisterin-law, Diane Wurdinger, Wayne; step grandchildren, Ryan (Nikki) Martindale, Kirt Cunningham (Janeen Dickes), Todd (Karla) Cunningham and Scott (Melinda) Cunningham; nieces and nephews; and his special lady, Sally Lubberstedt, Laurel.

Marley was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene, in 1997; infant brother, Duane; brothers, Clarence, Richard and Darrell (Darlene); a sister, Luella (Ding) Carmen; sister-in-law, Lori Wurdinger; step children, Sharolyn (Donald) Cunningham and William “Bill” Martindale; and step grandson, Shawn Martindale.                

Memorials may be directed in care of the Wurdinger Family, for later designation.

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