Martin Lyle Vennes, or Marty as he preferred, passed away on March 15, 2021. Marty was born in Lewistown, MT on May 25, 1947 to Carl and Helen (Siegfried) Vennes as the second of five children.
His early years were spent helping on the family farm and trying to keep himself and his siblings out of trouble. Even as a young child, he was as tough as nails and more stubborn than a mule, just ask his brothers and cousins.
Marty attended and graduated from Malta High School before moving on to Montana State University Bozeman. After graduating college Marty started his teaching career which lead to multiple stops around Montana where he taught vocational agriculture and was the FFA advisor. He retired from teaching after more than 20 years and moved onto the next part of his career as a long-haul trucker. Trucking allowed Marty to travel around the United States and see many sites and cities, including traveling to Louisiana to help clean up after Hurricane Katrina. He continued trucking right up until he became too ill to drive.
Outside of work Marty had many hobbies. He had the ability to fix almost anything and was an excellent woodworker as evident by his many projects from frames to tables and everything in between. Marty enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping trips with family and friends as well as making surprise visits to see his daughters and grandchildren. He was a mild-mannered man who would lend a hand to anyone, no questions asked and he would never turn down a good game of cribbage with family or friends, always taking the points if you forgot to count them.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Mary Ann and Cynthia, and his wife Joyce.
He is survived by his daughters Lindsay (Todd) and Kalli (Sean), stepdaughters Nicki and Beth (Adam), brothers Carl, Gene (Peggy) and Jim (Patti), sister LaRae (Troy), nine grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Marty is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends who will miss him dearly.
A special thank you to the staff at RiverStone Health Hospice House for taking such great care of Dad during his short time there.
A memorial service for Marty is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel, MT.