Weaver Martin, 86, egg farmer, avid bird watcher

By on May 23, 2012

Weaver W. Martin, 86, of Reinholds, died Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Essa Flory Hospice Center, Lancaster, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Adamstown, he was the son of the late Aaron H. and Alice G. (Weber) Martin. He was married 63 years on April 2 to Kathryn M. (Weaver) Martin.

Weaver worked as a farmer and a skilled carpenter most of his life. In retirement he continued to farm, raising and selling eggs and many kinds of fruits and vegetables. He was an avid bird watcher, building and maintaining blue bird houses along the farm fence rows and neighboring properties. His creativity and love for nature will continue to live on in his children and grandchildren, not only in the hand-crafted gifts he made for them, but also in the many interests they share with him. He was a member of Bowmansville Mennonite Church, where he taught Sunday school and Bible school for many years, created bulletin covers and occasionally did chalk drawings for Sunday evening services. He also served as a trustee and a member of the cemetery committee.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children: Rosalind D., wife of Dennis Ernest, of Stevens; M. Fern, wife of Monroe Gilmour, of Black Mt., N.C.; L. Merle Martin, of Reinholds; and Carol, wife of Tim Martin Johnson of Philadelphia; seven grandchildren: Jeremy, husband of Emmalea Ernest; Rebecca Ernest; David, Aaron and Sarah Gilmour; and Robert and Katie Johnson; two great-grandchildren: Irene and Ruth Ernest; a brother: Warren W., husband of Verna (Good) Martin, of Fleetwood; and a sister: Viola, wife of William Weaver, of Harrisonburg, Va.

Preceding him in death are two sisters: Lucy Good and Esther Gehman; and two brothers: Paul and Carl Martin.

A memorial service will be held on May 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bowmansville Mennonite Church, 129 Pleasant Valley Road, East Earl with the Rev. Larry Weber officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125; Mennonite Central Committee, 21 S. 12th Street, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500; or to the Blue Bird Society of Pennsylvania, P.O. Box 756, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-0756.

To send the family online condolences, visit groffeckenroth.com. Arrangements are with the Eckenroth Home for Funerals, Terre Hill.

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