Melvin Z. Martin, Stauffer Mennonite, retired farmer

By on January 29, 2014

Melvin Z. Martin, 86, of Ephrata, formerly of New Holland, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Ephrata to the late Ivan W. and Mary F. (Zimmerman) Martin and was the husband of the late Irene B. (Sensenig) Martin.

Melvin was a member of the Stauffer Mennonite Church, Earl Township, and a retired farmer.

Melvin is survived by five sons: Melvin S., husband of Sheryl (Hecker) Martin of Ephrata; Harold S. Martin of Denver; Norman S. Martin of New Holland; Warren S., husband of Yvonne M. (Stauffer) Martin of Ephrata; David S., husband of Frances A. (Stauffer) Martin of Port Trevorton; three daughters: Marion S., wife of Harvey B. Gehman of Port Trevorton; Marie S. Martin of New Holland; Martha S., wife of Dennis A. Martin of Ephrata; 33 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; a brother: Mervin, husband of Katheryn (Weaver) Martin of Ephrata; two sisters: Alma Martin of Ephrata; Bertha, wife of Weaver Auker of Ephrata and a sister-in-law: Ada, the wife of the late Ivan Martin of Ephrata.

In addition to his wife, parents and brother, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law: Joanna W. Martin; two grandchildren; a brother: Ivan Martin; and three sisters: Elsie, wife of the late Luke Stauffer; Elizabeth, wife of the late Frank Sensenig and Ruth, wife of the late Phares Brubacker.

A viewing will be held Jan. 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at the Dennis and Martha Martin residence, 311 E. Farmersville Rd., Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the Martin residence, with further services held at 10 a.m. from the Stauffer Mennonite Church, 28th Division Highway, Earl Township. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.

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