Martin Jennings

Martin Jennings



Martin Eldon Jennings, 76, of Springville, was called to stand before the Lord Sunday, June 29, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. His death came 55 days following the passing of his wife, Darlene.

A prayer service will begin at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday, July 2) at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Marion.  The family will greet friends following the prayer service until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be held for Darlene and Martin back home in Ossian at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Martin’s memory.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the amazing staff at Hospice of Mercy for their care and compassion shown to Martin and his family.

Please sign the online guestbook for Martin at under obituaries.

  Martin was born Nov. 17, 1937, in Decorah, the son of Enos and Nellie (Thorton) Jennings. After graduation from Ossian High School in 1955, he served for the United States Navy.  

On May 28, 1960, Martin married Darlene Snitker at the Zalmona Presbyterian Church in Waukon. 

Martin worked for Rockwell Collins for 30 years. He was also a proud volunteer fire fighter and EMT for the Springville Fire Department for 20 years. He drove school bus and worked part-time for the City of Springville. Martin was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. 

He loved being outdoors and enjoyed nothing more than trout fishing and a quiet nap in the camper. He loved to play Skip Bo and took the game to a whole new level. Martin was happiest spending time with his grandchildren.

Left to honor his memory are his children, Selena (Russ) Coyle of Anamosa, Kim Snitker of Springville, and Keaven Jennings of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Chad (Kristin) Kryger of Cedar Rapids, James (Sarah) Kryger of Anamosa, and Drew and Haley Snitker of Springville; and great-grandchildren, Noah and Isaac Kryger.  Also surviving are many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Darlene; his parents Enos and Nellis Jennings; and siblings, Charlotte Schave, Donna Jones, John Witt, Jr., Nelda Weaver, and Darlene Haugen.



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