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Martin Christopher Thaler, October 27, 1935~October 7, 2017

Cover Picture copyMartin Christopher Thaler, 81, of West Fork passed away Saturday, October 7, 2017 at his home.  He was born October 27, 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Martin N. and Hedwig Frick Thaler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, who immigrated from Germany.  Martin was very proud of his German heritage including his love of music, which included playing the clarinet in German bands with relatives.  He was also preceded in death by a son, Jim Thaler and a stepson, Tony Sweigart.

Martin was a Navy veteran having served during the Korean War.  He retired from AARP after 29 years of loyal service as Director of Purchasing.  Martin loved baseball, he coached little league in his younger years; loved the Baltimore Orioles; and was a loyal fan of the N.Y. Yankees.  He adapted to his new surroundings and became an avid Razorbacks fan.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela Long Thaler of the home; a daughter, Lori Thaler of CA.; a son, Martin Thaler; stepchildren, Angela Gallagher and husband, Daniel, Jessica Harasek and husband, J.P., Sarah LeClair and husband, Michael and Taylor Sweigart; grandchildren, Fiala, Caleb, Nyah, Ayla, Helana, Layla and Parker; a sister, Louise Haglund; and nieces and nephews.

Martin was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Hyland Park Assembly of God where he was a member.  Martin loved his church and church family.  He was devoted to God, praying until the end. Pastors Brad Redding and Dean Jones will be officiating.  Interment will follow in the West Fork Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the funeral home.

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    Jim & Connie Crawford » 08. Oct, 2017

    Pam,
    Jim and I pray that the Lord be with you during this difficult time. May the Lord wrap you in His arms and carry you when you feel like you can’t go another step. Always know that He is with you always. I am so sorry for your loss. Marty will be missed. Our loss is heavens gain.

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    Name » 31. Oct, 2017

    Jim & Connie, thank you for your kind words & prayers. I truly know Marty & God are watching over me. I feel Marty’s love when times are rough, but, miss him so much.

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    Darell E Smith » 09. Oct, 2017

    Pam,
    Just a note to let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Marty was a sweet and gentle man and we’re glad to have known him while he was on this earth. Heaven gained a special new resident on Saturday:)
    Love, Darell and Cindy Smith

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    Name » 31. Oct, 2017

    Thank you Darell & Cindy. Heaven’s joy is my sorrow. But, I know Marty & God are watching over me.

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    Connie Kerr » 09. Oct, 2017

    Heaven is a bit happier with Marty there, sharing his wonderful laugh and sense of humor. He was a gentleman and a gentle man and much loved by all who were blessed to know him. Love and prayers to my ‘lil Sis. Pam, may your broken heart be mended by the beautiful memories of the time you shared with dear Marty, and the strength he knew was in you. Love you–

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    Name » 31. Oct, 2017

    Thank you Connie. Your description is spot on. Marty is love of my life & I miss him so. Love ya, Big Sis.

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    Haglund Family » 10. Oct, 2017

    Our deepest sympathy to Pam and Aunt Louise on the passing of Uncle Marty.
    My he Rest In Peace.

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    Name » 31. Oct, 2017

    Thank so much. It was such a blessing to have Louise & Steve here.

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    John&Kathleen Harasek » 10. Oct, 2017

    Marty was a genuinely nice guy. He was always friendly and engaging.

    Pam, to be sure, he is watching over you from heaven now.

    John & Kathleen

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    Name » 31. Oct, 2017

    Thank you John & Kathleen. I miss Marty beyond measure. Life is so quiet now. That you again.