Samuel W. Martin, 94, Ephrata, farmer, cabinetmaker, Cocalico Creek COB charter member

By on January 31, 2018

Samuel W. Martin, 94, of Ephrata, fulfilled the desire of his heart as he passed from this life to his heavenly home on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Fairmount Homes following a short illness.

He was born in Voganville on Jan. 22, 1924, to the late Samuel S. and Annie (Wenger) Martin, and was the husband of the late Floy Elaine (Kreider) Martin, who passed away in 2001.

He was a charter member of the Cocalico Church of the Brethren since 1959, where he served as a life deacon and a Sunday school teacher.

Samuel was self-employed, first as a dairy farmer in Clay Township and later as a carpenter, contractor, and cabinetmaker. He was a charter member of the Ephrata Area Young Farmers and actively supported Teen Haven and Christian Aid Ministries. He enjoyed spending time in his wood shop, building furniture and turning wood. He also loved visiting with family and friends.

Samuel is survived by four children: Carol Anne, wife of James Loewer of Eunice, La.; Rev. Glenn R., husband of Joann (Ebersole) Martin of Lititz; Nancy L., wife of Melvin Landis of Lititz; Curtis L., husband of Dolly (Kilheffer) Martin of Palmyra. He was greatly appreciated and loved by his 16 grandchildren; and 33 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister-in-law: Doris (Kreider) Horst of Ephrata.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother: Eli; and infant brother, Harvey; and four sisters: Elizabeth, Magdelena, Anna, and Clara Martin.

A viewing will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Middle Creek Church of the Brethren, 351 Middle Creek Church Road, Lititz. An additional viewing will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church, followed by funeral services at 10 a.m., with Bros. Kenneth Leininger, Kevin Auker, and Dale Bollinger officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Samuel’s memory may be made to Christian Aid Ministries, 2412 Division Highway, Ephrata, PA, 17522.

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

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