|Martin O. Piepenburg
April 13, 1922 - August 28, 2016
Martin O. Piepenburg, 94, of Monterey, passed away on Sunday, August 28, in Culver.
Born in Chicago in 1922, and a graduate of Chicago's Carl Schurz High School, Martin was a lifelong
amateur radio operator (call letters W9OLD), and he served during World War II in the United States
Merchant Marine as radio officer on Liberty and Victory ships, one of them delivering runway materials
to Iwo Jima one week after the island had been secured.
Martin's career as a technician and writer in various branches of the Bell System spanned four
decades, from wartime radar testing for Western Electric in Cicero, Illinois, to writing user manuals in
the early days of personal computers, for the Teletype Corporation, in Skokie, Illinois. Martin and
Alice relocated to Monterey over 20 years ago, from Palatine, Illinois.
Martin is remembered for his intense curiosity; his passion for history, railroads, and classical music;
for his kindness to animals; for his devotion to his wife and family; and for his fierce individualism.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Alice (nee Hammerberg), and sons Karl, of Oakford, Illinois;
Kurt (Sarah), of Boerne, Texas; and Kris, of Palatine, Illinois; granddaughters Holly and Lorna
Piepenburg, of Oakford, Illinois; Jillian Piepenburg, of Boerne, Texas; Jayne Piepenburg, of Boston;
Cale (Brian) Patton, of Chicago; grandson David Shell, of Palatine, Illinois; great-grandson Beowulf
Patton, of Chicago; and great-granddaughters Hannah and Marlee Shell, of Palatine. He was
preceded in death by his daughter Karen E. Piepenburg, parents Martin B. and Laurene (Otto)
Piepenburg, and sisters Dolores Brace, of Berkeley, California, and Annamar Niloff, of Michigan City.
Graveside services will be held at 2 PM Friday, September 2, at the Riverside Memorial Cemetery, in