Elam G. Martin, 100, Ephrata, farmer, worked at Sensenig Feed Mills, Green Dragon

By on January 6, 2016

Elam G. Martin, 100, of Ephrata, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Fairmount Homes Retirement Community.

He was born in West Earl Township to the late Solomon and Susanna M. (Groff) Martin; and was the husband of Lillian W. (Redcay) Martin, with whom he celebrated 76 years of marriage on Nov. 5.

He was a member of Martindale Mennonite Church (Weaverland Conference). Elam was a kind, gentle, and hardworking man. He leaves a legacy of honesty, integrity and a willingness to help a friend. When he did a job, his approach was to “do it like you would want it done.” He was a farmer and had worked at CP Wenger, Martin’s, and Sensenig Feed Mills and also had worked part time at the Green Dragon Farmer’s Market.

In addition to his wife, Elam is survived by two sons: Alvin, husband of Shirley (Ristenbatt) Martin, of New Holland; Leon R., husband of Sandra (Sweigart) Martin, of Denver; three daughters: Elizabeth R., wife of Paul Keller, of Womelsdorf; Mary R., wife of Irvin Weaver, of Ephrata; Irene R., wife of Brian Witmer, of Ephrata; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law: Kathryn (Miller) Martin of Willow Street; and a sister-in-law, Bertha (Rissler) Martin of Ephrata.

He was preceded in death by three sons: Solomon R. as well as wife Mildred (Bauman); Raymond, and Mervin Martin; six brothers: Rufus G., Adam, Aaron, David, John, and Joe Martin; a stepbrother: Eli; three sisters: Mary Martin, Emma Oberholtzer, and Anna Martin; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held Jan. 6 at Martindale Mennonite Church, Martindale, with Bishop Amos G. Martin and Ministers Ivan Hurst, Amos C. Martin, and Paul Hurst Jr. officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in Elam’s memory to the Fairmount Homes Retirement Community, 333 Wheatridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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