Date of BirthJuly 21, 1936

Raymond Robert Martin Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 21, 1936

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Date of PassingJanuary 16, 2017

Raymond Robert Martin Obituary

from charlotte, Indiana, United States

Date of BirthJuly 21, 1936

Raymond Robert Martin Obituary

Date of BirthJuly 21, 1936

457 Views

Date of PassingJanuary 16, 2017

Raymond Robert Martin Obituary

from charlotte, Indiana, United States


Raymond Robert MartinRaymond Robert Martin, 80, of West Lafayette, Ind., passed away on Friday, June 16, at his home.He was born on July 21, 1936 in Chicago, Ill., to Raymond and Marie (Babin) Martin. A life-long Chicago Cubs fan, he graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1955. He attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis., where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. He graduated in 1959 with a degree in business. Upon graduation, he served in the Army where he rose to the rank of SP4.In 1963, he began working in personnel at Pullman-Standard in Michigan City, Ind., where he met his wife of 51 years, Joan (Sturgeon) Martin.They were married on October 23, 1965, and welcomed their daughter, Sharon, in October 1966. In July 1968, they moved to Knox, Ind., to accept a position at Rockwell International, where he stayed for 16 years, ultimately serving as personnel manager. In August 1969, they welcomed their son, Michael.His career in human resources spanned 36 years with positions at Peerless Gear (Clinton, Mich.), Landis & Gyr, (Lafayette, Ind.), and Stone Container (Plainfield, Ill.). He retired in 1999.A devoted husband, father and grandfather, his family was his priority. He was always there to encourage and support his children and grandchildren, and took great pride in their achievements. His adoration for his wife was unparalleled, and they enjoyed traveling to Tennessee and Florida, golfing, reading, dancing and spoiling their five grandchildren.As a young boy in Chicago, he cheered on the Cubs, and his loyalty was finally rewarded as he watched them win the 2016 World Series. An avid sports fan, he was an enthusiastic baseball player and golfer, and was the 11th Flight Champion in Lafayette's City Golf Tournament in 1991. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a founding member of the council in Knox, Ind., rising to the rank of Third Degree. He also was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge 807.He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughter Sharon Martin and her husband, David Howell, of Morgantown, W.Va.; son Michael Martin and wife, Jill (Masnari), of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Grace, Spencer and Carter Hession, of Morgantown, W. Va.; and Joshua and Ryan Martin, of Charlotte, NC; sister Marilyn (Martin) Blazek, of Wheaton, Ill.; nephew Bill Blazek and his wife, Maria; father-in-law Clifford Sturgeon, of Bicknell, Ind.; sister-in-law Janet Sturgeon Ferguson, of Bicknell, Ind.; and sister-in-law Jeanie Sturgeon Corbin, and her husband, Rusty Corbin, of Bicknell, Ind.He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Marie (Babin) Martin; mother-in-law Celia Goodman Sturgeon; brother-in-law William Blazek; and brother-in-law Robert "Bob" Ferguson.Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Tuesday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd.  Funeral Mass will be 1:00 pm on Wednesday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Father Dominic Young officiating.  You may sign the guest book and leave memories at www.soller-baker.com.

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