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Martin Lee Baedke

May 26, 1937 - November 30, 2022
From: Savage, MN
Martin Lee Baedke

Martin Lee Baedke

Born: May 26, 1937
Died: November 30, 2022
Age: 85

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     Martin “Butch” Lee Baedke, beloved husband, father and grandfather, entered eternal life peacefully while surrounded by family on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Martin (along with his wife Mary) were former residents of Cedar Falls, IA and moved to Savage, MN to reside with their daughter and son-in-law during the COVID pandemic.  

     Martin was born on the family farm in Graettinger, IA on May 26, 1937, to Martin Albert Baedke and Amanda Martha (Wolff). He was the middle child of five.

     After graduating from Graettinger High School, he completed a 2-year degree at Estherville Community College, now known as Iowa Lakes Community College. Martin then started  working as an Installer & Chief Technician for the local cable company known as Community TV Signal Company.  Martin met Mary Blum on a blind date arranged by their good friend Fred Baedke, and they were married shortly after on October 11, 1959.  After their marriage, Martin joined the U.S. Army where he and Mary spent over 2 years serving at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

     After his honorable discharged from military service, Martin and Mary moved back to Northwest Iowa. Here, they started their family while Martin continued his career in Telecommunications Management by designing, building, and managing a number of cable TV systems. During his long career, Martin and his family moved from Iowa, to California, then Illinois and back to Iowa. Because of his success in the cable TV industry Martin was in high demand and worked for cable companies such as:  Sammons Communication/Turlock Cablevision; Teleprompter Cable TV; Spencer Community Antenna Systems, Inc.; Waterloo/Cedar Falls Cablevision; Vantage Cable, Heritage Cable, Generic Marketing; Triax Cable and finally Mediacom Communications. Later in Martin’s cable TV career, he moved his focus from Construction and Operations Management to Marketing and Sales where he loved to travel and interact with his co-workers and customers. While working in this Telecommunication Industry that he loved, Martin survived both bi-pass surgery in 1991 as well as a cancer diagnosis/treatment from 2003-2004. Shortly thereafter Martin retired from his Cable career.  

     Martin grew up in a musical and athletic household. He played basketball, football and baseball. He played coronet/trumpet while in junior high and high school, was a member of the marching band, and a member of the school choir. Later in life Martin enjoyed singing in the church choir while also volunteering at church. As a former member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, IA, Martin was versatile as he could sing either tenor or bass.  Martin was known as the choir member to make everyone laugh and enjoy each other’s fellowship while singing.  Members were known to show-up early for practice when they knew Martin would be there.

      Martin was a strong believer in giving back to his community and was active in various service organizations.  He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and received the Kiwanis International Distinguished Service Award.  Martin was a Rotary member and helped to sponsor various projects in the community including reorganizing a local Cub Scout Pack.  Martin was also a loyal Red Cross blood donor and gave faithfully until his cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2003-2004.  As a regular church volunteer, Martin helped with church repairs, renovations, Christmas Caroling during the holidays and other events throughout the year.  In his free time, Martin enjoyed being outdoors whether it was to work on cars or complete yard work and lawn care.

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Baedke & Amanda Baedke; his brother, Eugene Baedke & wife Dora Baedke; his sister, Josie (Baedke) Dahl & husband Don Dahl and two sisters-in-law: Sandi Baedke and Connie Baedke.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Baedke formerly of Cedar Falls, IA, now currently of Savage, MN; his sons: Bruce Baedke (Kerisa) of Des Moines, IA and Steven Baedke (Liz) of Harrisonburg, VA and their daughter, Paige Baedke of Chicago, IL; his daughter, Barbara Staebell (Jason) of Savage, MN; two brothers: Ron Baedke (Jill) of Mechanicsville, VA and Larry Baedke of Scottsdale, AZ; other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, December 17, 2022 at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Ia.
Pastor Michael Knox
Jason Staebell 
Lee Baedke 
Sean Baedke
Dennis Dahl
Doug Dahl
Dan Dahl
Visitation with the family will be from 3:00 - 6:00 P.M., Friday, December 16 at the Warner Funeral Home.
Organist - Roxann List

Congregational Hymns
"Joy To The World"
"The Church's One Foundation"
"How  Great Thou Art"
"Lift High The Cross"

Fairview Cemetery
Terril, Iowa

Military Honors will be conducted by the Iowa Army National Guard


Saturday, December 24, 2022 at 7:59 AM
“I was so saddened to hear of the loss of my cousin , Martin. I found this obituary by accident searching on line for something else. I am the middle daughter of Harold and Darlene (Wolff) Baedke. Butch and Mary communicated with my parents through Christmas cards and visits — although not often. I always thought our family relationship was unique in that my father was related on the Baedke side and mom was Amanda’s sister on the Wolff side. I would like to express my sympathy and let you know that I would have made an effort to attend the visitation or funeral if I would have known. As families lose the patriarchs and matriarchs, we get together less and less! I have fond memories of visiting Martin and Amanda when they lived on the farm by Graettinger. ”
- Diane Baedke Ettleman
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 7:44 AM
“Uncle Butch you are now in heaven with our family and loved ones. We are left with your memories and the love you gave us. I am so grateful that you and Mary are my godparents and helped make me the person I am today. You will always be in my heart ”
- Dan Dahl
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:49 AM
“So sorry for your loss. I am and have been all my life, a member of First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa. I remember Martin from church and when he worked here in Spencer and your family lived here in Spencer.”
- Karen (Lunsman) (Jordan) Wee
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