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Martin “Marty” Czarnecki, Sr., 77, Wautoma, died at his home on Sunday, September 13, 2015, following a courageous battle with cancer. 

He was born on Jan. 5, 1938, in Milwaukee to Clarence and Helen (Balcerak) Czarnecki. After high school he joined the Army National Guard and in 1956 was called up for the Cuban Missile Crisis and was honorably discharged in December of 1958. Marty then went to work for the Rexnord Corp in Milwaukee as an assistant Plant Supervisor and later retired from Rexnord Corp. 

On March 18, 1961, he married Marian C. Chmielewski in Milwaukee. In June of 1961 he joined the United States Air Force Reserve and was called up for Desert Storm. He was a member of the 440th Troop Carrier Wing as Hospital Superintendent. Marty was honorably discharged in September of 1991 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9). 

Marty was Past Post Commander of Wolman-Minskey American Legion Post 317, Chaplain of the American Legion Riders Waushara County District 8, and an active member of other various community groups and organizations. 

Marty will be dearly missed by his wife of 54 years: Marian Czarnecki; children: Michele (Tom) Olinski, Michael Czarnecki, Martin Czarnecki Jr.; grandchildren: Andrea (Daniel) Jarratt, Jordan, Callie, Jessica; great granddaughter: Eleanor Marian; two brothers: Robert and Gary Czarnecki; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 at Waushara Community Church. Offi-ciating at the service will be Pastor Al Spitler with burial and full military honors at Wisconsin Veteran’s Cemetery, King. The family will greet relatives and friends at church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m.

Leikness Funeral Home, Wautoma is assisting the family with arrangements,