Paul Eby Martin, 91, Ephrata, dairy farmer, post-WWII ‘seagoing cowboy,’ hunter

By on August 12, 2015

Paul Eby Martin, 91, of Ephrata, passed away peacefully in his sleep and went to be with his Lord and Savior, following a lengthy illness, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2015.

He was the son of the late Walter and Martha (Eby) Martin, and was the loving husband of Alverta (High) Martin for 64 years.

He was a faithful member of Martindale Mennonite Church, where he served as Sunday school teacher, trustee, and usher. Following a 40-year career as a dairy farmer, he worked for Lancaster DHIA as a milk tester for 20 years. He served as a “seagoing cowboy” on a ship supplying cattle to a war-torn Poland immediately after World War II. Paul was a member of the Buccaneer Hunting Club, Tioga County, where he enjoyed hunting and spending family vacations. In his later years, he blessed many people around the world with hundreds of comfort tops that he cut and sewed.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Dennis, husband of Sharon (Ziegler) Martin; Karen, wife of Glenn Hurst; Clifford, husband of Carol (Nolt) Martin; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five siblings: Mary, wife of Clarence Martin; Earl, husband of Elizabeth (Petersheim) Martin; Wilmer, husband of the late Arlene (Bollinger) Martin; Sara, wife of Abram Zeiset; and Walter, husband of Judith (Unruh) Martin.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Clarence; and his wife: Lydia (Weaver) Martin.

Services were held Aug. 9 at Martindale Mennonite Church, Ephrata. Interment was in the adjacent cemetery.

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

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