Kenneth J. Martinsen, 72, of Carthage, Mo., died 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Mo., following an illness.
Kenneth was born May 29, 1940 in Baltimore, M.D., the son of Owen and Anna (Nodelney) Martinsen.
On July 13, 1976, Kenneth married Linda Laney in Miami, Okla; she survives at the home. Kenneth was an Over The Road Truck-driver working for several local companies including Leggett & Platt and Forcum Truck Lines. Kenneth was of the Christian Faith; loved the water and swimming was a favorite pastime. He was an animal lover and his “girls” gave him great joy.
Survivors include his wife; sister Robin Cartwright of Baltimore, M.D.; children Christine Porter of Lakeview, N.C., Brian Martinsen of Vass, N.C., Sandra Martinsen of Springfield, Mo., Scott Martinsen of Morrisville, Mo., Stephanie Horton of Indianapolis, IN, Mark Cresse US Army, Va., Brent Laney of Carthage, Mo.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Owen Martinsen.
Celebration of Life will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at the Carterville Christian Church in Carterville, Mo. Cremation arrangements are by Midland Cremation Society of Joplin, Mo.