Robert L. Martin, 69, D & E retiree, Booksavers manager, winemaker, hunter

By on December 27, 2017

Robert “Bobalou” L. Martin, 69, of Ephrata, a loving father, husband, and friend, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at home.

He was born in Brownstown to Joseph and Sara (Carrigan) Martin, and was the husband of Janet (Musser) Martin, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage.

He was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ, where he served as an usher and a trustee.

Robert was an installation supervisor for D & E Communications for 37 years before retirement, and was currently the manager of Booksavers of Ephrata. He graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, Class of 1966, and attended Goshen College and Penn State University.

Robert was an avid hunter, fisherman, and golfer. He enjoyed making homemade wine and spending time in Tioga County. He was a part of the “Brownstown Boys,” a member of the Lucky 13, Cooper Hill and Newmanstown Clubs, as well as the Buckskins and Cushion Peak Shooting Clubs.

In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by a son: Anthony Joseph Martin of Ephrata; a daughter: Kelly Sue Martin of Ephrata; a brother: Leonard, husband of Miriam Martin of New Holland; and numerous nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister: Alma Nolt.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice & Community Care for their compassionate care during Robert’s illness.

Services were Dec. 27 at Bethany United Church of Christ, Ephrata, with Pastor William LaSalle officiating. Interment took place in the Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to Bethany United Church of Christ Youth Program, 140 E. Main St., Ephrata, PA, 17522.

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

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  1. Rosemary Weidman

    December 28, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Bobby was a very kind individual – one of my first friends when I moved to Ephrata.

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