Ralph D. Maertens
December 1, 2009
Ralph D. Maertens, of Issaquah, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland. He was 73 years of age.Ralph was born on April 13, 1936, in Tracy, Minn., the son of Morris and Viola Maertens. He was raised and graduated from high school in Cottonwood, Minn., in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956. He worked for Honeywell in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minn. He moved to Seattle, where he worked for The Boeing Co. He was a chief supervisor for ILWU Longshore in Seattle, retiring in 1998. He married Diane Faye Chamberlain in 1982 in Issaquah.
Survivors include his wife Diane; two sons, Kenneth Dale Maertens, of Snohomish, and Bryan Joseph Maertens, of Kent; daughter Charlene Kay Maertens, of International Falls, Minn.; 17 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Sherri Marie Alma, Shelly Christine Chamberlain and Jennifer Lynn Perret.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Annette Marie Bell, and his brother, Larry James Maertens.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Flintoft’s Issaquah Funeral Home, 540 E. Sunset Way. A committal service will follow at Tahoma National Cemetery at 2 p.m.
Friends are invited to get directions, view photos and share memories in the family’s online guest book at www.flintofts.com.
The family suggests remembrances to Evergreen Hospice Services, 12822 124th Lane N.E., Kirkland, WA 98034.
Arrangements are by Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory.