Gus Martinson Obituary

Gus  Martinson
Gus "Chief" Martinson
Gus Martinson

October 10, 1916 - February 21, 2004
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Gus "Chief" Martinson, 87, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2004. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25 at Westover Funeral Home in Des Moines, with burial at Masonic Cemetery in Des Moines.

Gus was born the only child of Ture Martinson and Agnes Bergstrom on October 10, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York. On December 7, 1946 he was united in marriage to Martha Reeves. They were married for 58 years.

Gus served his country in the Army becoming a veteran of WWII honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant after four years of service.

An entrepreneur, Gus opened Hiland Pastry Shop in 1946. He continued to serve the community fine pastries and cakes until his retirement. His sons have continued on the family tradition.

Gus was a member of the Auburn Masonic Lodge, The Scottish Rite and Za Ga Zig Shrine in addition to being a member of the American Legion.

Gus was an avid sports fan. He enjoyed playing cards, playing the odds at the slot machines, fishing at their lake home and especially spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Martha Martinson of Des Moines; his daughter, Linda Parker and her husband David of West Des Moines; his two sons, Gary Martinson and his wife Debra of Urbandale and Brian Martinson and his wife Melinda of Urbandale; six grandchildren, Kim Schoonmaker and her husband Bill of Omaha, NE, Justin Parker, Brandi Halterman and her husband Ryan of Johnston, Lance Martinson, Kyle Martinson and Timothy Martinson; step-grandchildren, Jeremy and Becky Cooper; three great-grandchildren, Megan Woods, Alexis Schoonmaker and Katryn Halterman; and many other loving relatives and many good friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24 at Westover Funeral Home, 6337 Hickman Road in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospitals.



Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Westover Funeral Home
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
3:00 PM
Masonic Cemetery
1550 48th Street
Des Moines, IA 50311
Wednesday, February 25, 2004


Shriner's Hospitals for Children
2025 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55414