Daniel A. Marthaler, age 54, of Mankato, died Friday, September 10, 2021 at his home, from an automotive repair accident.
A Celebration of Dan’s Life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, September 19, 2021 at Northview – North Mankato Mortuary, 2060 Commerce Drive, North Mankato. Visitation will be held from 1-3 p.m., Sunday at Northview. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Daniel was born June 24, 1967 to Lawrence Bernard and Irene Margaret (Kinsella) Marthaler in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He attended Sauk Centre High School, graduating in 1985. Dan proudly served in the U.S. Army, serving in Iraq during the Gulf War in Operation Desert Storm. He was stationed in Ferris Barracks, Erlangen, Germany and Fort Carson, Colorado. He was a member of the Minnesota National Guard for one year after his honorable discharge from the Army.
Returning home to Sauk Centre he worked at Webway, Inc. in St. Cloud for one year. He worked as a mechanic for 8 years at Dan Welle Southtown, Sauk Centre. He moved to St. James in 2000 and was a mechanic at Jensen Motors of New Ulm, Heintz Toyota and Lager’s Chrysler World of Mankato. He moved to Mankato in 2015. He spent his last two years at Jerry’s Auto Body in Mankato. Dan married Raeann (McCabe) Lunz on May 4, 2002 in St. James.
He was funny with quick wit. His Facebook posts were legendary. On weekends he loved drinking a beer or two and watching MMA fights. He enjoyed demo derby’s, car racing, Vikings football, and hard rock and metal music, attending many concerts.
Dan is survived by his wife, Raeann; step-daughter, Carleen Lunz of Roseville; siblings, Mary (Don) Beckering of Minnetonka, Michael (Patty) Marthaler of Talmoon, Mark (Dorothy) Marthaler of Sauk Centre, Rose (Harvey) Schlichting of Backus, Peter (Laurie) Marthaler of Sauk Centre, Lorenz “Dusty” Marthaler and fiancée, Tammy Proell of St. Rosa, Therese (Steve) Roberts of Bloomington, Bill (Mona) Marthaler of New Munich; sister-in-law, Sondra Marthaler of St. Cloud; many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Dan was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Patrick and baby, Joseph Marthaler; and nephew, Jason Schlicting.