Ezra Martin, 97, dairy farmer

By on November 30, 2011

Ezra M. Martin, 97, formerly of Clay Township, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at Landis Homes.

Born in May City, Iowa, he was the son of the late Elam and Lavina (Gingrich) Martin and was the husband of the late Edith S. (Witmer) Martin, who passed away on Nov. 23, 2002 .

He was a member of Indiantown Mennonite Church, Ephrata, where he served as a Deacon for over 40 years and was a Brotherly Aid representative of the church. Ezra was a dairy farmer and enjoyed traveling. His interest in history and genealogy caused him to publish a book on the Mennonite settlement of May City, Iowa, his birthplace.

Surviving are six sons: Clifford R., husband of Joyce (Denlinger) Martin, of Bird In Hand; Nelson E., husband of Mary (Shertzer) Martin, of Bethel; Gerald E., husband of Carolyn (Hostetter) Martin, of Ephrata; Stephen L., husband of Betty (Brubaker) Martin, of Ephrata; Gilbert N., husband of Sandy (Ginder) Martin, of Elizabethtown; and Calvin J., husband of Karalee (White) Martin, of Crawfordsville, Iowa; two daughters: Anna Elaine Martin, of Landis Homes; and Joanne L. Denlinger, of Strasburg; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and sister: Vera Martin, of Ephrata.

Besides his wife and parents, Ezra was preceded in death by two brothers and eight sisters.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 29 at the Indiantown Mennonite Church, Ephrata, Burial took place in the adjoining church cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Ezra’s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 or to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, PA 17602.

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

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