Richard Gary Martin, age 71, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at his home in Eldon, Mo. He was born September 1, 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of James W. Martin and Irene (Beard) Martin.
Richard was married to Janice Kay Poston June 5, 1976 at the Antioch Baptist Church in St. Louis. He worked for many years for the Ellisville City Public Works Department. He had also lived in Kirksville and St. Louis before finally retiring in 1994. He and Janice had lived in Eldon the past 3 years.
Preceding him in death are his parents, James and Irene Martin and three brothers, Bobby, James and Irvin “Bud” Martin.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Janice Martin, six children, Richard Martin Jr., of Seymour, Mo., Larry Martin, of Ditmer, Mo., Greg Martin, of Bernie, Mo., John Martin, of Missouri, Chad Tatro and his wife Tanya, of Kirksville, Kimberly Blackman and her husband Wayne, of Kirksville; four brothers, Jerry Martin and his wife Judith, of Sullivan, Mo., Gordon Martin and his wife Betty, of Boise, Ind., Johnny Martin, of Ditmer, Mo., Lonnie Martin and his wife Terri, of Ditmer, Mo., and one sister, Marilyn Creek, of Pacific, Mo.
Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Jackie and Cletus Kirkweg.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at the Morrison-Worley Chapel in Piedmont with Bro. Gordon Martin and Bro. Jerry Martin officiating. Special recorded songs were played for the service and Josh Blackman, Jake Blackman, Corky Westmoreland, Jim DeClue, Cletus Kirkweg and Jeff Poston served as Pallbearers. Wayne Blackman, Frank Simpson, Ethan Tatro and Tyler Tatro served as Honorary Pallbearers. Interment was in the Rowland-Woods Cemetery under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel.