Edward A. Marking Sr., 89, Monona, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019. He was born to Martin and Margaret (Koch) Marking on Jan. 31, 1930, in Black Earth and married Iline V. Pfister on June 30, 1956, at St. James Catholic Church, Madison.
He worked at Oscar Mayer for 33 years, retiring in 1985 and at the Alliant Energy Center for nearly 50 years. He was one of Elvis’ bodyguards when Elvis last performed at the Dane County Coliseum, now known as the Alliant Energy Center. After he retired from Oscar Mayer, he drove elderly and handicapped people around for several companies such as Care Cabs, Mayflower and Cal-A-Van. Ed also volunteered as an EMT on the Monona ambulance for 20 years.
One of his most treasured accomplishments was attending George Barr Umpire School in Longwood, Florida, in 1953. He wanted to become a major league umpire, but due to a strike at the time, there was no need for umpires. He umpired Home Talent baseball for several years and he gave his kids a love for the game.
Ed was involved in the building and grounds committee and volunteered in the first aid tent at the annual festival for many years at his church. He was president of the Blood Donors Club for 15 years while at Oscar Mayer through Local 538. He enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, solo and rummy 500, and he enjoyed watching his kids and grandkids play sports or do whatever activity they participated in; he rarely missed an event.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Margaret Marking; brother, Jerome of Daleyville; Iline’s parents, Wm. and Elizabeth Pfister Sr.; brothers-in-law, Werner Annen of Madison, William Kelly Sr. of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, William Pfister Jr. of Las Vegas, and Lester Gammeter Sr. of Oregon, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Ruth Pfister and Betty Rose Pfister, both of Madison.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Iline; daughters, Virginia Marking of Madison, Martha (Michael Slaughter) Marking of Boone, North Carolina, Yvonne (Gary Barman) Dahl of Monona, Michelle (Mark Disch) Marking of Verona, Karen (Steve) Kipp of Madison, Nancy (Larry “Bo”) Thornsen of Madison and Joanne (Larry) Silver of Verona; and son, Edward A. (Joanne) Marking Jr., of Madison. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Howard Dahl, Matthew Dahl, Jacob Dahl, Kaitlyn Dahl, Taylor Disch, Paige Disch, Kari Kipp, Candace Kipp, Mars Thornsen, Michael Thornsen, Natalie Marking, Logan Marking, Eli Marking, Alexander Silver, Carson Silver and McKenna Silver. He is further survived by his sisters, Jeannette Annen of Madison and Rita Kelly of White Bear Lake; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and honorary grandson, Manny Toal of Monona.
Ed’s love of music and pets was well known; even in his last days, he would move his hands to the beat of a good polka or church song, and he will be missed by many grand-pets too many to name.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. April 1 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Monona with the Rev. Chad Droessler officiating. Visitation was held March 31 at Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Care, Monona, and April 1 at the church prior to the Mass.
Interment was at Highland Memory Gardens.
To the end of his days, if there was anything he could have done to help us, he would have. A special thanks to the staff at Karmenta Nursing Home for taking take care of Ed for the last 14 months of his life.
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monona, or St. Francis Xavier Church, Black Earth.