Wayne Arthur 'Marth' Marthaler, 77, former Ridgefielder

Wayne Arthur “Marth” Marthaler, a former Ridgefielder, died Sunday, June 16, in Goodyear, Ariz. He was 77 years old.

The youngest of three children, Mr. Marthaler was born Feb. 15, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., son of the late Art and Mabel Marthaler.  He earned an undergraduate degree in physical education from the University of Illinois and a master’s in business administration from Northwestern University.  He met Patricia Ann “Tess” Tesar  at the University of Illinois and were married in 1961.

Mr. Marthaler had a long  career with Dixie Corporation and subsequently Georgia Pacific Corporation, and had lived in Ridgefield for 15 years. He and his wife retired and moved to Goodyear where he was an active volunteer at the local hospital and taught English as a Second Language.

The Marthalers were also active in their community at Pebble Creek and at The Church at Litchfield Park.  He enjoyed travel,  golf and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Marthaler is survived by his two sons, Todd and Tyler Marthaler; a sister, Barbara Marthaler Gephardt; and four grandchildren, Tessa, Emma, Sam, and Lucy; and companion Janet Edwards.  He was preceded in death by his wife and sister Nancy (Marthaler) Stark.

A memorial service was held at The Church at Litchfield Park on Thursday, June 20.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Autism Speaks or the American Cancer Society.

Condolences can be sent to www.thompsonfuneralchapel.com.  Arrangements were handled by Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear.