Aug. 20, 1930-Feb. 8, 2019
On Friday, February 8, the heavens opened up to welcome its newest arrival, Marty “Big Eye" Petritz. Marty was born August 20, 1930, and was the 9th child born to Peter & Margaret (Stefanich) Petritz.
Marty was a vet who proudly served our country in the Korean War. Like so many, he didn’t share those experiences, but chose rather to leave them behind him. After returning home he met and married his sweetheart, Catherine (Mom) Heneghan. Together they raised three children and shared more than 50 years together.
Who doesn’t like to polka? When Marty was in better health, he loved to dance the polka. He danced until he could dance no more. COPD affected his lifestyle but, in the end developed pneumonia and could no longer endure the battle.
For more than 50 years his family enjoyed camping in Jericho Bay at Georgetown. Every weekend after arriving and setting up camp his first order of business was to sweep and bleach the inside of the men’s and women’s outbuildings. He was given the unofficial title of Camp Swamper. Along with camping he enjoyed years of boating and fly fishing.
For over 70 years he hunted the same area at the Ruby with his family and friends. Marty taught his sons, grandson, and nephews to hunt. When he was no longer able to walk the hills, he and his sidekick Pi, would stay at camp watching reruns of reruns of westerns for hours. When the hunters returned to camp, everyone enjoyed playing cards, eating, drinking beer, laughing and enjoying each other's company. He always said that “what happens in camp stays in camp."
Growing up in McQueen most everyone had nicknames. He was known as “Big Eye.” When he was a little boy his oldest brother Peachy wanted to go to a dance. He couldn’t go until the little kids went to sleep. Peachy went in to see if they were asleep. Surprise! Marty opened his eyes when Peachy checked on him. So, Peachy pressed an eye closed and said, “Big Eye", go to sleep. The name stuck!
Marty was an avid Indianapolis Colts fan. When their games were on, he would don his Colts shirt, jacket and hat to cheer them on. In 2005, his son Marty and daughter-in-law Danene, treated him to a game in Seattle to see the Colts and Seahawks.
He had a passion for anything John Wayne. He enjoyed his collection of “The Duke" memorabilia, including a life-size cardboard figure. Marty didn’t care how many times he watched “The Duke" westerns because he still enjoyed them.
After 36 years as an outside welding salesman, Marty retired from General Distributing. He spent part of his retirement taking loving care of his wife Catherine.
Preceding him in death are his parents; his first wife, Catherine; and siblings, Peter (Mary) Petritz, Joseph Petritz, Margaret (Dud) Malkovich, Rudy (Phyllis) Petritz, Mark (Dotty) Petritz, Lorraine (Mike) Zora, Patty (Jean) Petritz, Jim (Kay) Petritz, Archie (Josephine) Petritz, and Cookie Petritz.
In 2004, Marty got a second chance at love when he met his “little Honey" and current wife, Judy. Together they shared 15 remarkable years with the last five as “Mr. & Mrs.” She survives. Marty is also survived by son, Marty & daughter-in-law Danene; son, Tommy & daughter-in-law Vickie; daughter, Debbie & son-in-law Mark Fisher; grandchildren, Marty (Dr. Mallory Novack) Petritz, Bridgett Petritz, Kacie (Josh) Laslovich, Brianne (Kevin) Regan; Kellie (Buck) Sullivan; Kaeden Fisher; seven great-grandchildren; niece, Sharon Heneghan; sister-in-law, Sandy James; sister-in-law, Patty (Kiki) Skakles; brothers-in-law, John & Dan Grinolds; brother-in-law, Dale (Carroll) Grinolds; stepdaughter, Cheryl (Bill) Olson; stepson, Steven Fisher; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends. He was lovingly called “Unc” by family and friends who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
Butte has lost another icon but he will forever be loved, missed and remain in the hearts of all who knew him. Rest in Peace!
Friends may call on Friday, February 15, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 10 a.m. for visitation. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to charity of your choice, or a local Veteran’s organization.