Richard J. "Dick" Martin, 89, of Hoopeston, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center.
He was born June 13, 1927, to Nye and Naomi (King) Martin at Home Hospital, 702 E. Penn St., Hoopeston.
He married his wife of almost 68 years, Evelyn (Hofer), on June 19, 1949. She survives.
Also surviving are his four children, Linda Martin of Hoopeston, Carol Martin (Shari Grote) of Minneapolis, Minn., Donna Martin (Sarah Reckmeyer) of Ottawa, Ill., and David Martin (Brenda Villa) of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandsons, Sean (Bianca) Danner of College Station, Texas, and Scot (Jen) Danner of Danville; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Danner.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Dick attended Frank School, a one-room schoolhouse, from grades 1-8. He graduated from East Lynn High School in 1944 and University of Illinois in 1949. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. Dick began his professional career teaching agriculture and serving as FFA sponsor in the towns of Wyoming and Shabbona, Ill. He returned to Hoopeston to farm with his father, Nye Martin. Dick farmed for 33 years, raising his family on Maple View Farm. After retiring from farming, Dick returned to teaching at Bismark-Henning High School.
Dick was a 76-year member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and clerk of session. He delivered Meals on Wheels. He also was a member of the Sweet Corners Square Dance Club, Owl Club, Eastern Star, and he was a 32nd Degree Mason.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service celebrating Dick's life will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, at First Presbyterian Church, 915 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, with Rev. Wade Meranda and Rev. Ann Schwartz officiating. Visitation will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday at the church, with Masonic rites at 11 a.m. Military rites will be accorded by Hoopeston American Legion Post 384.
The family would appreciate memorial gifts be given to First Presbyterian Church, 915 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942 or Hoopeston Star Lodge 709, 208 W. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL 60942.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Dick's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences. Anderson Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, is handling the arrangements.
Published on May 8, 2017