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MARSHALL, Ill. - Ralph E. Martin, 95, of Marshall, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Casey Health Care Center in Casey, Ill. He was born July 29, 1921, in Clark County, Ill., the son of Alden and Violet Smitley Martin. He married Stella B. Wright who preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2005.
Surviving are his children, Carolyn (Gene) Shotts of Marshall, Ron (Donna) Martin of Allendale, Ill., and Wayne E. Martin of Denim Springs, La.; a sister, Irene Shotts of Martinsville, Ill.; grandchildren, Debbie Garling, Greg Shotts, Dee Dee Rhoads, Cody Martin, Lindy Martin, Brady Martin, Kyle Martin-Nickles, Daralee Martin and Ronald Martin; 21 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Darrell Martin; and a brother, Harold Martin.
Ralph served this nation in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of Clarksville Baptist Church and Clark County Farm Bureau.
Services in honor of his life will be 10 a.m. CDT Thursday at Pearce Funeral Home with Brother Jeff Loper officiating. Burial will be in Clarksville Cemetery with military graveside rites. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Back Pack Program. Online condolences are being accepted at:
pearcefuneralservices.com.
Published on April 2, 2017
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