Historic Hotels owner Marty Roenigk dies in Iowa crash

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

By Jerry Dupy

Carroll County News

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 southwest 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 Sioux Falls, Iowa. 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.

The Roenigk's Irish Setter, Aine, their constant companion, was also killed in the accident.

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

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