Earl Martin Jr., 87

December 01, 2008

JAN. 25, 1921-NOV. 28, 2008

MYERSTOWN, Pa. - Earl Martin Jr. of Myerstown went to be with the Lord on Nov. 28, 2008, at the age of 87 years. He died of natural causes at the home of his son at 50 Green Pastures Lane, Mifflin, Pa.

Born on Jan. 25, 1921, in Hagerstown, Md., he was the son of the late J.D. Earl and Edna Grace (Cunningham) Martin.

He was the faithful and loving husband of the late Mary Louise (Shank) Martin for over 57 years.

He was the supportive father of four children, Gwen, wife of David Witmer, Reamstown, Pa.; Dennis, married to Jeanne (Hess), of Myerstown; Don, married to Mildred (McGrath), of Mifflin; and Rhoda, wife of Eugene Martin, Ephrata, Pa. He greatly enjoyed his 23 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; he is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Gehman and Betty Marie Kniss, both of Harrisonburg, Va.


He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter and a brother, Donald Martin of Hagerstown.

A carpenter by trade and a beloved friend to all, Earl was a member of Swatara Mennonite Church. Grandpa Martin, who lived his faith in daily life, was an example and encouragement to his whole family and a blessing to many.

Viewing will be Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Swatara Mennonite Church, 10 Swatara Road, (Route 645) Myerstown, from 5 to 8 p.m. and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, preceding the funeral service at 10 a.m., also at Swatara Mennonite Church. Interment to follow at Meckville Mennonite Church Cemetery.

Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home & Crematory, Jonestown, is in charge of the arrangements.

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