Martin Sudnagis

TEN SLEEP Longtime area resident Martin Sudnagis died at Washakie Medical Center in Worland on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. He was 86.
Martin was born on Jan. 2, 1926 in Memel, Lithuania, a son of Jonis and Eva (Melavyte) Schudnagies. His parents died by the time he was 12 years old, so he was raised by his older sister, Marie.
At age 18, he was drafted into the German army. In 1944, he was captured by the Allied Forces in France and spent 3 years in P.O.W. camps in England and Scotland. After his release, he went back to Germany to learn the carpentry trade.
In 1951, he immigrated to Worland where his older sister resided and he was sponsored by the Lutheran Church. He worked and lived at the Leo Scheuerman farm for several years, but his love of carpentry prevailed and he went to work for various building contractors.
After several years, Martin started his own carpentry business and built many homes in the Worland and Ten Sleep area. 
In 1958, he returned to Germany to marry Ingeborg Inge Marie Aurich at Tailfingen, Germany. The couple returned to Worland where Martin continued in the carpentry business. In 1961, the family moved to Casper where he ran a successful contracting business including building a large addition on the KTWO-TV station.
The family moved to Ten Sleep in 1969 after purchasing the Valley Motel. They ran the motel for 27 years while Martin continued his contracting business, building several homes, cabins and other projects in the Ten Sleep-Worland area until he retired.
Martin was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Worland and the Ten Sleep Senior Citizens Center.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing and playing pool.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Inge, on Jan. 12, 1996; his sister, Marie Purvenas; and his brothers, Wilhelm, Johann and Michael who all died in the German army in WWII. 
Martin is survived by his son, Harry Sudnagis of Ten Sleep; his daughter, Rose Pahl of Worland; his granddaughters, Justina Pahl of Laurel, Mont. and Lindsay Pahl of Worland; and by several nieces and a nephew.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 2:30 p.m. at the Ten Sleep Methodist Church with Rev. Tim Trippel of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow at the Ten Sleep Cemetery. The casket will be open at the church one hour prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to the Ten Sleep Senior Center, P.O. Box 319, Ten Sleep, Wyo. 82443.
Veile Mortuary of Worland is assisting with the arrangements.