Marty Joseph Feuerborn
May 26, 1964 – April 29, 2021
Marty Joseph Feuerborn, 56, passed away peacefully on April 29th, 2021 after a four year battle with colon cancer.
He fought hard and had fun until the end in true Marty style. He was preceded in death by his youngest brother Andrew Feuerborn. Marty was the third oldest of 11 siblings. He is survived by both of his parents, Merle and Alta Feuerborn, his four brothers: Paul Feuerborn (Mike), Mike Feuerborn (Susan), John Feuerborn (Carly), and Joe Feuerborn (Lisa); and five sisters: Pamela Hoover (Rob), Mary Mize (Mike), Anna Beckwith (Doug), Amy Cain (Jimmy), and Sarah Harbaugh (Jim). He is also survived by more nieces and nephews than he could count, all of whom loved their Uncle Marty.
The Feuerborn siblings are a dynamic group of incredible entrepreneurs and successful professionals who never say no to a challenge and always put their family first. All remaining siblings still say, to this day, that Marty’s leadership into the entrepreneurship world, starting with a pizza shop and ultimately dozens of Subway sandwich shops, empowered them to push their own limits in achieving their careers. Marty was brilliant and an incredibly hard worker whose fighting spirit lives on in his daughters.
Marty was a born leader from day one. From saving his sister Amy from drowning in the creek behind the family home to throwing wicked curve balls down the middle from the high school baseball pitcher’s mound. He was a fierce competitor who wanted to make a difference.
Marty graduated from St. John’s seminary in 1982 where he was both valedictorian and the most well known party planner. He made some lifelong friends at St. John’s, like Todd Brower, now a dentist, who loved telling Marty’s kids hilarious stories of his shenanigans while they got their cavities filled. After the seminary, Marty attended University of Dallas for a bit until his entrepreneurial spirit took over and he took the plunge.
Many of you know Marty as the “Subway guy”. Marty opened his first Subway sandwich shop at the age of 25, two weeks before the birth of his first daughter, Rachael. In fact, Marty had been out with another good buddy, Dave Grimes, celebrating the opening of the first Subway, when Marty’s wife at the time, Diane Olinger Feuerborn, went into labor a few weeks early. Marty sobered up with a few footlong subs before welcoming his first daughter into the world.
Rachael grew up in the back of Subway, and sometimes, when dad wasn’t watching, the employees would let her make sandwiches. Rachael wasn’t the only one; nearly every sibling (and mother Alta) worked at Subway at one point or another. They all gratefully remember smelling like bread and mustard and are endlessly thankful to Marty for setting an example and supporting the family.
Marty continued to expand his Subway empire through the birth of his second and third daughters, Lauren and Kara. Those days of his life were filled with hard work, scaling his business, and fun times. Many of the fondest memories you all have are no doubt at a stadium in front of a grill. Marty was a master griller and ultimate tailgater. His older daughters had been to more Chiefs and Royals games than they could count by grade school. He loved being at the stadium. Later in life, Marty and his daughter Kara bonded over their mutual love of sports. Marty and Kara were at Arrowhead when Kara introduced him to her now fiance, Tyler. Marty was at Kauffman, with Kara and Tyler, when the Royals lost in game seven in 2014 and cheered together when they won in 2015. Marty was there in 2020 when Tyler asked Kara to marry him hours before the Chiefs Superbowl win. Marty and Kara are two peas in a pod. They speak the same language, and both enjoy a cool, crisp Miller Lite and a football game.
As Marty reached the end of his Subway days, before selling them off and spending his days on his golf game, Marty and his wife decided to try for a boy. Instead, he was blessed with triplet daughters Lindsay, Johanna, and Melanie. Don’t worry, the dog was a boy.
Marty loved his girls more than anything. By the time the triplets were in grade school, the oldest daughters were out of the house. He made those three little girls breakfast every morning, his favorite time of the day. He made sure Lindsay got the red plate, Johanna the green, and Melanie the blue. Just the way they liked it. Breakfast was often accompanied by random, acoustic versions of Marty original songs and goofy dancing. He played, teased, and he worked tirelessly to provide for all his daughters.
Marty sold his Subways and enjoyed his time dabbling in new ventures, playing golf, going to games, and hanging out with his parents. Marty is the first person to poke fun and do hysterical imitations of his parents but he loved them fiercely. Marty and Merle shared an office for over 30 years where they’d meet up daily, discuss last night’s Royals game and banter. In Marty’s last few months with us, the highlight of his day was going to the office with his dad, even 12 years after he sold his business.
He also loved spending time with his mother, Alta, as well. Every time she couldn’t get some electronic device to work or made extra food, Marty was there to help. Alta spent the early days at Subway, the middle days watching Marty’s girls, and stayed by Marty’s side until the end. Marty was the only one that could nail Alta’s gravy recipe during family holidays. He was always thrilled to host holidays and cook for his family. Alta and Marty would tag team holidays like pros. Marty fully inherited Alta’s desire to take care of those around her and show his love with food and family parties.
Marty fought hard and lived well past medical professionals expectations. He spent the last years working hard during the day in the appraisal business alongside his brother Mike, sister Amy, and nephew Tim. When it got tough for Marty to get around by himself, his brother John would drive him to his appointments to help out and to spend a little extra time with him. In the evenings of his last years, Marty enjoyed meeting with his family and friends for a drink and catching whatever game was on that night, but he especially enjoyed meeting up with his best buddy, Carly Slimm, who hosted weekly Friday Happy hours for Marty and his family at her and John's house. Carly was Marty’s go to and she provided a rock for Marty to lean on through good and bad times. The night before his death, his daughters dreamed up what heaven had in store for him. Marty’s heaven is a tailgate, a fountain of ice cold beer, endless golf, and quality time with his brother Andrew. Until the rest of his family can join him, he will keep the brats warm and the beers cold.
- Andrew Feuerborn, Brother (deceased)
- Merle Feuerborn, Father
- Alta Feuerborn, Mother
- Diane Olinger Feuerborn, Mother of Marty's Children
- Rachael Feuerborn (Luis), Daughter
- Lauren Feuerborn (Bob), Daughter
- Kara Feuerborn (Tyler), Daughter
- Lindsay Feuerborn, Daughter
- Johanna Feuerborn, Daughter
- Melanie Feuerborn, Daughter
- Paul Feuerborn (Mike), Brother
- Mike Feuerborn (Susan), Brother
- John Feuerborn (Carly), Brother
- Joe Feuerborn (Lisa), Brother
- Pamela Hoover (Rob), Sister
- Mary Mize (Mike), Sister
- Anna Beckwith (Doug), Sister
- Amy Cain (Jimmy), Sister
- Sarah Harbaugh (Jim), Sister
- He is also survived by more nieces and nephews than he could count, all of whom loved their Uncle Marty.
Mass of Christian Burial (No limitations other than guests are required to wear masks)
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Marty Joseph Feuerborn
May 11, 2021
I met Marty in the Summer of 1978 at what was called "Sem Week"...a week-long "camp" at St. John's Seminary for men thinking about going to the seminary for high school. I grew to know Marty over the next 43 years. I am sad to lose a great person and a friend. I continue to pray for Marty's family and to mourn his loss. No pain for Marty anymore and our sorrow will turn to joy when we embrace again!
May 5, 2021
I was so sorry to read of Marty's passing ... yet both awestruck and impressed by such a life well-lived.
My heartfelt condolences and sincere best wishes to the entire Feuerborn clan.
May 4, 2021
So many great memories with you, Marty. I had the honor to work with you through so many years with Subway. We ran some amazing stores and built some great ones too. I learned so much working with you and it was so much fun. You taught me so much and I was able to carry that knowledge to other business opportunities. All the tailgate parties, pub crawls and times just hanging out, I will never forget! You treated me just like family and I was blessed to get to know your family as well. You were the big brother I never knew I needed. You were an amazing boss and friend and I will miss you greatly!
May 3, 2021
Hard to even come up with words, whenever we were together it was always laughing and having the best times. There was a reason we called him party Marty, we will miss you my old friend. R.I.P.
May 3, 2021
I knew Marty from the Subway days. My husband at the time, Mark Coats, and I owned the Subways in Grandview, MO and we were all the same age. Nothing like a bunch of 20 somethings feeling like they owned the world...and partied like it! We all grew up in the business together. Our lives went in various directions and onto new adventures, losing touch over the years, but Marty will always be remembered as one of the people who was part of some of the best times of my life!
Donald and Delores Oswald
May 3, 2021
We were very saddened to hear of your son's passing. We will put you and your family on our prayer list. I'm sure there is some consolation knowing that all the suffering he had to endure is past.
Don and Delores Oswald,
May 2, 2021
I have so many things that I can look back on with Marty.
So many times he talked about it with my little sis that was also diagnosed with the same form of cancer.
And, in December 2019, my fiancé and I were home from Houston for Christmas. On Christmas Day we got detoured to the ER and she was taken for emergency surgery. I knew he didn’t feel great. But, came up to the Applebee’s in Lee’s Summit to have dinner with me. So I could take a break from just sitting in the hospital. Waiting for her to wake up.
I love Marty like a brother. And, like everyone that knew him... will miss him greatly.
You are a good man Marty. We love ya buddy...
May 2, 2021
Growing up with the Feuerborns was amazing. They were all very kind hearted. I first met Marty when I started work at Pizza Time. Had many good times there, working with him, Joe, John, Mike, and I believe even Anna. It was like a family there. I then moved on from Pizza Time to Marty’s next adventure into Subway. Working there with him, Joe, and Dan Fulk (BD). Many good times with Marty. My condolences to you all. Jeff
May 2, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go to Marty and his entire family...I always enjoyed shooting the breeze with Marty and catching up on the latest happenings in our families when we would hang out at the local watering holes. I cherished our time tailgating and enjoying the Chiefs games as season ticket holders. No matter how long it had been we would always pick up like it was yesterday. Marty was as genuine as it gets and and truly a great person that always cared about others...you will be missed but never forgotten......Mike Bossert
May 2, 2021
The last few years every time we got together we would swap cancer stories over a few beers. I will always remember all the games I attended with Marty and his brothers. These memories I will cherish forever.
Jaime Brunkan Dial
May 1, 2021
You raised so many of us thru our days at Subway Marty, from Kelly and Tracy dying their hair in the back sink and me oversleeping on an opening shift right after your car accident. You had to GO IN AND OPEN the store on crutches. I apologized for the next 20 years. Our talks at Drew's, your smile lit up every room you were in. Thanks for ALWAYS taking the time to talk sports, family and more recently, life and cancer with me. You will never be forgotten nor topped as the best boss ever. So much love to all of the Feuerborn family.❤
May 1, 2021
My thoughts and prayers to Marty's children. parents, and brothers and sisters. We attended St,John's one year apart. He was a die hard poker buddy over the years and shared many a night at 103rd Street Tavern the last few years before his illness. We gushed over our kids. Sang really bad kareoke... and laughed a lot.. Next time I see you brother... Your deal...
May 1, 2021
John and I are praying for the entire family that you will find peace and comfort in knowing that Marty is with Andrew in heaven, and free of pain. We are so sorry for your loss .
May 1, 2021
I’m sorry to hear that Marty passed. Marty was a friend from St. John’s. I’ll never forget our late night poker games in Marty’s room. Some great memories. Paul I remember you in in on some of those games. Your family is in our prayers.
April 30, 2021
Praying for you all, Marty was so much of an inspiration to watch from a far through the years. Paul and Mike, you understand the bond we carry, love you both and your families. Marty is in a great place now. God Bless !