Marlin “Marty” Ray Nation, age 83, of Vandalia, MO passed away at 3:48 am Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital (VA).
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Waters Funeral Home. Pastor Bob Hoehn will officiate. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Visitation celebrating Marty will be held at 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Tuesday August 8, 2023, at the Waters Funeral Home.
Marty was born on October 27, 1939, in Vandalia, Missouri the son of Norman and Ina (Kisor) Nation.
He was united in marriage to Margaret “Peggy” Hustedde on February 13, 1960, at St. Clement Catholic Church in St. Clement, Missouri. They celebrated 56 years of marriage prior to Peggy’s death in December of 2016.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Nation-Robson (Donald Robson III) of Seward, NE; Two granddaughters, Indigo Robson of Seward, NE, Hope Robson of Lincoln, NE; one son; Rick Nation of Vandalia, MO; one grandson, Kylen Nation (Heather Fletcher – Kylen’s mother) of Vandalia, MO; one brother, Larry (Nancy) Nation of Vandalia MO; sisters-in-law, Marlene Nation of Vandalia MO and Kathleen Hustedde of Bowling Green, MO; nieces and nephews, Warren, Julie, Jolene, Wesley, Kelly, Keith, Lance and Blake.
He was preceded in death by father, Norman Nation; mother, Ina Nation; wife, Peggy Nation; brother, Donald Nation; brother-in-law Joe Hustedde.
Marty attended the New Michigan and Van-Far schools and went on to the Army. He honorably served his country from 1957 through 1959 where he was stationed in south-central Europe. During service he attended engineer school and was a camouflage specialist. He received the sharpshooter decoration and good contact medal during his tenure, He was honorably discharged and completed his duty in the Army Reserves through 1963.
Professionally, Marty worked at CE Refractory from 1959-1984 as a mechanic earning his hydraulics certification from Mexico Vo-Tech. He was known as a "jack of all trades" where he dabbled in just about everything. His side business, “Marty’s Treasures and Trash” says it all. From collecting and selling antiques, tearing down old houses and moving buildings, to tree trimming and stump removal, collecting scrap metals and being a “ring man” at auctions, Marty kept busy. He enjoyed deer, quail and rabbit hunting every now and then. He was also known to cook a few "mountain oysters" and share coffee with friends, usually at the “Liar’s Table”. He had a passion for going to auctions. He loved socializing and never met a stranger.
Marty was a member of the Vandalia VFW and served as commander; member of the Lions Club and completed his solo flight with the Vandalia Fly-in Club.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mexico Veterans Home, in care of Waters Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be made to the family and video tribute viewed on Marlin memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com