Robert “Bob” Martin, 81, of Mount Ayr died May 5, 2014, at his home in Mount Ayr, after a battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Revs. Ed Shields and Barton Shields will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr with military rites conducted by Ringgold Post 172 and Iowa Army Honor Guard. Open visitation will be 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Robert’s name to be decided later. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.
Robert Dudley Martin, son of Ila Fern (Brown) and Albert M. Martin, was born Sept. 1, 1932, in rural Tingley.
Bob attended country school through eighth grade, then attended Mount Ayr Community School, where he graduated in 1950.
Bob enlisted in the Army in 1952 and served until 1954 in the Korean War.
In 1955, Bob married Verna Mae Dillenburg.
Bob was an Archer Oil dealer from 1966-2006.
Bob was a 4-H leader from 1984-1993, inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003 and active in the Ringgold County Fair from 1977-2011.
Bob farmed from 1955-2005, where most of his life was spent living in Caledonia.
Bob was on the Lotts Creek Township Board, 4-H Youth Council, Pioneer Cemetery Board, Farm Bureau member for several years, and read meters for more than 20 years.
Bob is survived by his wife Verna; daughters, Peggy (Jerry) Overholser of Redding, Barb (Steve) Clark of Tingley and Beth (Roger) Elliott of Lamoni; grandchildren, Brenda (Sheldon) Comer of Tingley, Lesa (John) Darrah and Jeff (Brandi) Overholser, all of Redding, Angela (George) Thurman, April Hentges and Andy (Danica) Clark, all of Mount Ayr, Randi Elliott (friend Shelby Lane) of Lamoni and Jessica Elliott (friend Chris Chistensen) of Decatur; great-grandchildren, Aaron, Tucker, BayLee and Alexis Darrah, Shelby and Shane Comer, Jordyn and Ellyott Overholser, Alycia and Zachary Thurman, Aubree Clark and Ethan and Masyn Elliott; brother Howard Martin of Mount Ayr; sisters, Doris Todd of Mount Ayr and Mary (James) Harris of Grand River; sisters-in-law, Mary Etta Dillenburg of Omaha, Neb., Alice Dillenburg of Creston, Betty Dillenburg of Arkansas, Donna Howell of Des Moines, Lila Dillenburg of Blair, Neb., Janis Daniels of Ottumwa, Lois (Harold) Baker of Keosauqua and Mary Ellen Dillenburg of Mount Ayr; brother-in-law James Dillenburg of Omaha, Neb., several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, great-granddaughter Faith Elliott; brothers-in-law, Lyle Todd, Duane, Bob, Burl and Marvin Dillenburg, Marlin Glick, Joe Daniels and Kenneth Howell; sister-in-law Shirley Martin and niece Deb Todd.