Marty Roenigk dies in Iowa wreck

Friday, June 19, 2009

Marty Roenigk, 68, co-owner of the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and the 1905 Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs, was killed Thursday night in a two-vehicle accident in southeast Iowa near the community of Griswold. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Roenigk's wife, Elise, 68, was injured in the accident and is recovering from a severely broken arm in Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., where she was air-lifted, according to a spokesman for the hotels.

Sgt. Patrick McGinn, of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, reported that Elise Roenigk was the driver of the van, which collided with a pickup truck carrying two adults and two grandchildren from Souix Falls, S.D. The adults, Robert Wolf, 72 and his granddaughter, Chelsea Nicholus, 16, were air-lifted to Creighton, while Wolf's wife, Betty, 71, and grandchild Kinze Nicholus, 12, were taken by ambulance to a Red Oak, Iowa hospital.

The accident occurred at 8:42 p.m., according to Sgt. McGinn, who said the preliminary investigation showed that the south-bound Roenigk van ran a stop sign at the intersection of a rural road and Iowa Hwy. 92, east of Griswold. The pickup was travelling east on Hwy. 92, according to McGinn's report.

It was reported locally that the Roenigks were on a trip to pick up an antique mechanical music machine for the couple's collection in the Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs.

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  • It's hard to put in words this shocking news. There was not a better friend nor a more gentle promoter of mechanical music than Marty. Elise, my heart and prayers go out to you... this is an unspeakable loss and I know you will recover from your injuries; I've no idea how you recover from losing your life partner. My deepest condolences... Angelo

    -- Posted by Angelo Rulli on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 2:29 PM
  • i agree with angelo

    marty will be missed in the mbsi and as dealer in musical items. he was always there to answer questions as well as being a dealer

    i have dealt with him and elise over the years both in eureka springs and in connecticut.

    my deepest condolences to elise on her loss and hopefully she will recover her injuries quickly

    but the other loss will be harder as losing your life partner at any age is hard to deal with.

    i am sure the prayers of everyone that have known you both over the years go out to you

    -- Posted by on Fri, Jun 19, 2009, at 10:07 PM
  • So sad. I loved the work they have accomplished at the two hotels and their musical instrument collection. I have been devasted over this news.

    -- Posted by donniegarrison on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 12:00 PM
  • Elise: You are blessed with many many loving and devoted friends and every one of us share your tragic loss. We will be here for you - and your continuing friendship is very important to us.

    Our very sincere condolences.

    Driz & Tara

    -- Posted by george 321 on Sun, Jun 21, 2009, at 7:40 PM
  • For around 18 years Eureka Springs has been our twice a year vacation spot and our intended retirement Two years before the Roegniks bought the Basin and Crescent we had the unhappy experience of staying in a rundown, poorly ran and stripped hotels(both of them). Previous owners had done nothing to improve either of the hotels and appered to add to their demise. So discouraging was the condition of them it steered us to buy elsewhere in North Arkansas. We were worried that the rest of the area would follow suite and the town would follow. We continued to come to Eureka (still love the town) and went up to the Crescent to look around a year after the Roegniks bought. While outside looking up at the old fire escape a lady walked up holding an armfull of AC parts/belts. She introduced herself as Elise Roegnik and had a wonderful conversation with her. Over the next few years the change from rundown to Opulance happened. I find it amazing what these fine folks have done for the town. Few folks rich or poor ever have the opportunity to leave such a wonderful heritage behind but they have. I could only wish that folks as wonderful as they are would come over to the Yellville area and bless us with their drive and vision. My heart goes out to Mrs. Roegnik and I thank her for all her and her husband have done for the area. I know my grandkids will reap the benefits of their hard work and that's a great feeling. We happened to be in Eureka on the day of the wreck and I had brought my grandsons to the Crescent to show them around and have lunch. I had hoped at that time I would have seen either of the Roegniks to point them out to the boys. I wanted to them to see the folks who had accomplished so much in so little time. I'm so sorry for the chain of events that took mr. Roegniks life. It is something that could happen to each and every one of us at any given time. Life is short and we should live every day as if it's our last. It appears by accounts that Mr. Roegnik was with the most important person in his life and pursueing one of his greatist passions, music instruments when he died. When the good lord is ready for me I hope he gets me on the run and not laying down. Our prayers are with her. Charlie Holmes

    -- Posted by ch127362 on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 3:29 PM
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