A veteran of the City of Springfield – and a familiar face to many in the Ozarks – has died. General Fred Marty recently retired as Springfield Deputy City Manager. According to a release from the city, he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and retired from the city earlier this month. His career included more than 50 years in public service.
Marty was a retired major general in the U.S. Army, and was a former chancellor of Missouri State University-West Plains. He was also executive director of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum.
Marty is credited with creating the city’s philosophy for working with private contractors in developing the city.
In a statement, City Manager Greg Burris said he could think of “no other person who has had a more profound impact on the city’s operations than Fred Marty.”
A Memorial Service for Marty has been scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Mercy Hammons Heart Institute, 1235 E. Cherokee. The event is open to the public, however, seating is limited.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the Marty family respectfully requests contributions to be directed to: MSU Foundation - Army ROTC Building Fund, 300 S. Jefferson, Springfield, Mo. 65806.