Marlin “Marley” Wurdinger
Marlin “Marley” Wurdinger, 84, of Randolph, died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Hillcrest Care Center in Laurel.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church in Randolph. The Rev. Timothy Forget and Deacon Doug Tunink will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Jane Frances Catholic Church in Randolph with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Burial with military rites will be the St. Jane Frances Catholic Cemetery at Randolph.
Memorials may be directed to the Wurdinger family for later designation.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home of 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 in 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. Beginning in October 1955, he spent 13 months in Korea, 13 miles from 38th Parallel by DMZ Line. He worked at Meiers Hilltop Station and Cafe 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 on April 29, 1977 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in 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.
Survivors include his brother, Eldon Wurdinger of Columbus; sister-in-law, Diane Wurdinger of Wayne; step-grandchildren, Ryan (Nikki) Martindale, Kirt Cunningham (Janeen Dickes), Todd (Karla) Cunningham and Scott (Melinda) Cunningham; nieces; nephews; and his special lady, Sally Lubberstedt of Laurel.
He 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; step-grandson, Shawn Martindale.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kirt, Todd, and Scott Cunningham, Cliff Burbach, Ryan Martindale, Vernon Gubbels, Butch Van Auker and Marley’s bowling team.
Active pallbearers will be Doug, Mark, Dan and Dana Wurdinger, Darin Loberg, Ryan Lubberstedt and Beau Lubberstedt.