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Harold L. Martin, 86

NOV. 13, 1924-SEPT. 19, 2011

September 19, 2011

Harold Leroy Martin, 86, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Sept. 19, 2011, at the University of Virginia Hospital. He won his final battle with cancer and is at rest in the arms of God.

He was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Hagerstown, Md., the son of Leroy and Ida Martin. Harold loved God and followed in Jesus’ footsteps as a faithful servant. He served the church in many different capacities. He touched many lives in his vocation as a carpenter, and, together with his wife, served many years as a volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service and with Gift and Thrift in Harrisonburg. He enjoyed singing and was a longtime member of the Rockingham Male Chorus. During his days of treatment at the University of Virginia Hospital, he touched many lives with his witness to God’s love and his trust in God’s faithfulness in the midst of his illness.

On Jan. 1, 1947, he married Ellen Risser, who preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 2010. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  

He is survived by a son, Daniel Martin, and wife, Ruth Ann, of Harrisonburg; two grandchildren, Jonathan Martin and wife, Kate, and Nicole Stark and husband, Zachary; and four great-grandchildren, Sarah and Emily Martin, and Wyatt and Madelyn Stark. He also is survived by five sisters, Pauline Martin, Ruth Showalter, Mary Jane Diller, Ethel Strite and Dorothy Martin; and two brothers, Lester Martin and Jacob Martin.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Martin; a sister, Elizabeth Oberholzer; and two brothers, Richard Martin and Charles Martin.

The Rev. Phil Kanagy will conduct a memorial service at Weavers Mennonite Church on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home, 5784 Greenmount Road, Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mennonite Disaster Service, MDS Binational Office, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543, or to Weavers Mennonite Church Capital Project, 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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