John Z. Martin Sr., 87, Martin Ag Service founder

By on May 23, 2012

John Z. Martin Sr., 87, of New Holland, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, May 15, 2012 at Lincoln Christian Home, Ephrata, following declining health.

His wife, Ella W. (Zimmerman) Martin, died in 2007.

Born in Earl Township, he was the son of the late Daniel N. and Lena (Zimmerman) Martin. He was a member of the South Hinkletown Mennonite Church, Weaverland Conference.

He founded Martin’s Ag Service in 1960 which he operated until he retired in 1997 following a stroke. He enjoyed attending auctions and collecting antiques and collectibles.

He is survived by a son: Raymond Z., husband of Esther Mae Martin, of East Earl; a daughter: Mary Jane, wife of George Z. Weaver, of Ephrata; a daughter-in-law: Pauline W. Martin, of New Holland; a son: Earl Z., husband of Faye Martin, of Ephrata; daughters: Janet Z. and Joyce Z. Martin, both of New Holland; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Alta Z. Martin, of New Holland; Lena Z., wife of Lloyd Zimmerman, of Liberty, Mo.; Etta Z., widow of Elmer Zimmerman, of Pleasant Valley, Mo.; and Vera Z., wife of Aaron H. Hoover, of Manheim; a brother: Ivan Z., husband of Irene Martin, of Lititz; and a sister: Mary Z. Martin, of New Holland.

He was preceded in death by his children: Esther Mae Martin, Mervin Z. Martin and John Z. Martin Jr.; a grandson: Galen M. Weaver; great-grandsons: Joseph and James Weaver; his sisters: Lizzie Redcay and Elsie Martin; and brothers: Paul, Daniel, Amos and Willis Martin.

Funeral services were held on May 18 at Fairmount Homes Farm Crest Chapel, Ephrata, with further services at the Weaverland Mennonite Church with the Bishop Amos G. Martin officiating. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements were made by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

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