Melvin K. Martin, 62, worked at PaulB Hardware, Mennonite deacon, built own home

By on November 8, 2017

Melvin K. Martin, 62, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Lancaster General Hospital, due to injuries sustained in an accident on Oct. 16.

He was the husband of Janet W. Martin with whom he would have shared 42 years of marriage on Nov. 29.

Born in Lebanon, he resided in the Denver/Schoeneck area all his life. He had worked as a foreman at Blue Lake Builders for approximately 22 years and currently worked in the tool department at PaulB Hardware, having been employed there 11 years. He served as deacon at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Ephrata, for almost 20 years, and then at Bethany Mennonite Chapel, Martindale for 4 years.

Mel enjoyed working and built many things, including his own home, as well as small handmade wooden chests for each of his grandchildren. He was always willing to help out wherever he could. He helped each of his children with remodel work or whatever needed fixing or improving. He also went on several mission trips to Haiti and India.

Mel is survived by his wife: Janet; and seven children: Lisa, wife of Eric Zimmerman, Ephrata; Tracey, wife of Loren Fox, Lititz; Michelle, wife of Joshua Newswanger, Myerstown; Troy, husband of Jodi Martin, Manheim; Debra, wife of Jaired Fox, Lititz; Denise Martin, Stevens, and Deanne Martin, Stevens. In addition, he is survived by 17 grandchildren: Austin, Alan, Eric Ryan, Adam, and Avery Zimmerman; Tyler, Courtney, Kelsey, Andre, and Lucas Newswanger; Owen, Eli, Aleah, and Caleb Martin; Parker, Maxwell, and Creed Fox.; three sisters: Mary, wife of the late David Hurst; Lewisburg; Arlene, wife of Sam Zimmerman, Fleetwood; and Martha, wife of David Horst, Newburg; and two brothers: Ivan, husband of Ruthie Martin, Denver; and Eugene, husband of Linda Martin, Denver.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Daniel and Esther Martin; and two brothers: Lester Martin, and John Martin, who was married to Louise Martin.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother who will be greatly missed. We will remember him always for his soft-spoken manner, profound wisdom, and love for his Lord.

Services were held Nov. 6 at Martindale Mennonite Church, Ephrata. Burial took place at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church cemetery, Ephrata, following the service.

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

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