Edward Alexander Martin

Edward Alexander Martin

Edward Alexander Martin, 92, of Glendora, Michigan passed away on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

Mr. Martin was born October 2, 1921, in Glendora, the seventh of eight children born to John Carl and Christina (Bitter) Martin. On December 28, 1943, he married Mary Freehling in Baroda. He proudly served his country during World War II with the United States Army and was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Martin worked at Baroda Hardware and Klug Farm Equipment selling and assembling John Deere farm equipment for over 40 years. He was a devoted member of Zion United Church of Christ in Baroda.

Alex loved growing produce in his vast gardens, dancing the polka, working on his John Deere tractor, trying his luck at scratch off lottery tickets, and firing two shot every New Years’ Eve. He frequented Hilltop Café and Wolverine Gardens, but most enjoyed Sunday dinners with his loving family. He enjoyed speaking German with his wife when he did not want the children to overhear, eating lunchmeat sandwiches with lettuce and tomato every day, and listening to Spanish stations on the radio in his car (despite not speaking Spanish). He was loved deeply and had a wonderful sense of humor.

Survivors include his sons, Lonnie (Sharon) Martin of St. Joseph and Monsignor Thomas A. Martin of Kalamazoo; grandchildren Mary (Len) Amat, Shawn (Chris) Martin, Tim (Kathryn) Martin, and Julie (Nathan) Turner; great-grandchildren – Abigail, Peter, Ben and Sarah Kate Amat, Brendon and Brady Martin, and Eleanor, Vivienne, and Matthew Martin; sister, Adeline Freehling of Bridgman and brother Fred Martin of Stevensville. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, his parents, sisters, Mary and Christine; brothers, Hank, Carl and Pete; and his daughter, Constance Kaye Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 10, 2014, at Zion United Church of Christ, 9105 Third Street, Baroda, Michigan with the Rev. Dr. Christopher Noffke officiating. Interment will follow at Glendora Cemetery, Weesaw Township. Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.Sunday at Pobocik Funeral Home, Three Oaks.

Memorials may be made to Zion United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 10, Baroda, MI 49101.

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