Lee A. Marthaler, of Cottonwood, Arizona passed away on July 23, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born to Edward J. and Regina D. (Dueker) Marthaler on February 8, 1937, in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He grew up and attended school in Sauk Centre and graduated from Sauk Centre High School. He was married to his loving wife of 61 years on October 4, 1958.
Lee was a photographer the majority of his adult life. Lee started and owned LeMar Photography in Crookston, Minnesota from 1970-1990. He was the head of the Advanced Gift Committee for the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cottonwood and was a lifetime member of the American Legion and Elks Club. His hobbies were restoring antique cars and Ford N Series tractors. He restored and rebuilt the first tractor to ever be sold at a Barrett – Jackson Auction in Phoenix, Arizona. He also enjoyed building and selling houses, as well as playing pool and poker.
Lee is preceded in death by his Father, Mother, and sister, Patricia (Miller) Marthaler. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Shirley A. Marthaler of Cottonwood; son Scott J. Marthaler of Wahpeton, North Dakota; daughters Josie A. Wahl (Leonard) of Davenport, Iowa; Shawn M. Gilbertson of Fargo, North Dakota; Michele R. Meyer (Joe) of Nisswa, Minnesota, brother Ed Marthaler (Marcia) of Bemidji, Minnesota; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Services will be on Saturday, August 3, 2019, at Westcott Funeral Home, 1013 E. Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood, Arizona at 4:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at St. Alexius Catholic Church, West Union, MN, at 11:00 am.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to either: Northern Arizona Hospice, 203 S Candy Lane, Ste 10A, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 Or the American Cancer Society, 250 Williams St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303