Ira Lamar Martin, 54, of the town of Brighton, Stratford, Wisc., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at his residence.

By on February 1, 2017

Ira Lamar Martin, 54, farmer, father of 12

Ira was born Nov. 22, 1962, the son of Ira and Anna Mary (Huber) Martin, in East Earl Township. He married Gladys Weaver on Jan. 7, 1984, at the home of the bride in Newville. Together they farmed in the Township of Brighton until the time of his death.

Ira is survived by his wife: Gladys Martin; mother: Anna Mary Martin; sister-in-law: Martha (married to Lester O.) Martin Jr.; 12 children: Enos (married to Karen Kurtz) Martin, Rhoda (married to Jeffrey Burkholder), Irene Martin, Harold (married to Regina Martin) Martin, Mervin Martin, Ira Ray Martin, Abram Martin, Aaron Martin, Lois Martin, Gladys Martin, Eli Martin, and Thelma Martin; and 12 grandchildren. He is further survived by five siblings: Leroy (married to Rose Hoover) Martin, Ruth (married to James Hoover), Lester (married to Mary Kurtz) Martin, Marvin (married to Rosanna Brubacker) Martin, and Alvin (married to Sarah Kurtz) Martin.

Ira was preceded in death by his father: Ira; and brother: Paul Martin.

Services were held Jan. 30 at Marathon Mennonite Church in the town of Frankfort, Wisc. Virgil Martin, Leroy Martin, Jerry Brubaker, Steven Hoover, and Abner Oberholtzer officiated. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.

The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Colby, Wisc., was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

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