James Dean "Jimmy" Marti was born August 21, 1967, in Algona, Iowa, the son of John and Cyrilla (Schmidt) Marti. He grew up in Algona where he attended school and graduated from the Algona High School in 1986. He went on to attend Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg for two years.
After his schooling, Jimmy enlisted in the United States Army and served at Fort Ord in California for eight years. Upon his honorable discharge from the military in 1996, Jimmy returned to the area and settled in Irvington, where he has lived ever since.
On February 18, 2005, Jimmy was united in marriage to Shelley Finlayson in Algona. After their marriage they lived in Irvington and Jimmy worked at Universal Manufacturing and he was currently working at Snap-On Tools in Algona.
He enjoyed spending time with family and was affectionately known by the nieces and nephews as "Uncle Squirrel". Jimmy enjoyed working on his Cub Cadet tractor, farming, fishing, gardening, adding to his toy collection and looking for antique glass bottles. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and a member of the VFW Post #2541 in Algona.
Jimmy died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the Kossuth Regional Health Center. He was 43.
He is survived by his wife, Shelley of Irvington; step-son, Matt Seifert of Mason City; mother, Cyrilla Marti of Algona; father and mother-in-law, Jon and Lois Finlayson of Mason City; siblings, Paul Marti of Oklahoma City, OK; Theresa and Rick Paulson of Armstrong; John Marti Jr. of Oklahoma City, OK; Janet and Larry Nelson of Mason City; Wendy and Mike Nelson of Mason City; Patrick Marti of Irvington; Sarah and Damon Pankey of Algona; sister-in-law, Kris and Mike Brass of Rudd. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Marti.
Please accept our deepest sympathy during this most difficult time. We all enjoyed working with Jim and he was so kind to everyone. He always had a story to share and he loved his gardening. He will be missed!
The same God that was good yesterday is good today. The same God that loved you last week loves you today. Right where you are, in the midst of grief, take a momment to be loved,comforted,guided, by the good God who knows exactly what you need. God is present.God's presence is called grace.
Jimmy was always a very warm & caring person. He loved to talk about his garden & enjoyed his delight in gardening. We loved having him in our family & will miss him greatly. Uncle Ron & Aunt Bev
I just can't believe Jim is gone-He always talked about my son when you came into HyVee. I enjoyed talking to him and you. No words can comfort you at this time but remember the good times and years you had together. God will guide you thru this.
I wish to send my deepest sympathy to you all. It has been far too long since we saw each other or spoke, and it is with regret that this is when we reconnect. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. I had the pleasure of working with Jim for 5 years and like has been mentioned already, I found him to be a very kind man. I was shocked to learn of his passing. Shelly, you and your families will be in our prayers.
May God Bless
Lance and Marcia Frame
This picture was taken at the Schmidt Family reunion in July 2008. It was so nice to visit with Jimmy that day! He will be missed.
our deepest sympathy to Jim's famiy, as a neighbor and friend he will be missed, if outside when I went by he always flagged me down for a visit, and would often say Shelly was inside cooking something good to eat, and time to go and did I need anything from the garden before I pulled away. He was a kind, quiet man that we knew. God Bless
May God grant Jimmy Eternal Rest. I have great memories of Jimmy in school. He loved cars and his nickname was Hot Rod. I remember carrying him off the field at St. Joe after he won a game. He had a very kind heart!
Jim was such a great and supportive classmate; during our years together in school. He was very easy to talk with and never failed to help me laugh away a bad day.
May the memories you hold in your heart; heal the pain of his loss.
My sympathy to you, and yours.
My sweet sweet Cyrillie... I am thinking of you everyday... I am so sorry for your loss... I love you!
Shelly and family. I was in shock when I heard of James death. I am so sorry for your loss.I Will remember him always. He always was great at sharing his veg. when they came out of his garden.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. If you need any thing just let me know
I'm very sorry for your loss! You all are in my thoughts and prayers!
Laugh when you can... Apologize when you should... And let go of what you can't change... Love deeply and forgive quickly... Take chances and give your everything... Life is too short to be anything but happy... You have to take the good with the bad... Love what you have... Always remember what you had... Forgive and forget...and always remember...that LIFE GOES ON!!!
I read this on facebook today & it's all so true. I know it's difficult today, & many days will be, but it will get better. Jim was a very nice man & he will be missed. To Shelley & all of Jim's family, you have our deepest sympathies.
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