Obit: Martin, Lyle S. (1916 - 2003)

Contact:  Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

----Source: Published in the Banner Journal, Sept 10, 2003


Lyle S Martin, 87, died Tuesday, Sept 9, 2003 at his home at Humbird, WI. He was born Aug. 27, 1916, in Humbird to Charles and Margaret (Stuve) Martin. Lyle was the oldest of eight children, and was the first of his family to die.

He attended elementary school in Woodruff and graduated from Humbird High School in 1933. Then in Dec. of 1941, just five days after Pearl Harbor, he enlisted the U.S. Army, serving as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corps during WW II. While in England, he met his bride, Lilian Williams, who was in the British Army. They were married Apr. 3, 1944, in Shotton Colliery, England. After the war they lived in Wisconsin and later moved to the state of Washington for several years. In 1950, they returned to rural Humbird to make their home.

Lyle worked for many years at the Humbird Canning Co. until it closed. He worked at Presto Industries in Eau Claire, WI during the Vietnam era, 1966 - 1978. He also worked for Tesmer Construction of Neillsville for several years.

Lyle’s greatest pleasures were most importantly, his family, reading and his commitment to the Humbird Methodist Church, where he served as secretary, treasurer and also lay minister.

He is survived by two daughters, Margaret (Larry) Green and Lilian Marie (Dennis) Ruda, both of Merrillan; one son, Lyle Robert (Lisa) Martin of Humbird. Also surviving are three sisters, Eileen Anderson of Dayton, TN, Beryl Allen of Santa Fe, NM, and Rosemary Williams of Alexandra, MN, and four brothers, Raymond of Humbird, Wallace of Continental Divide, NM, James of Beloit, and David of San Antonio, TX. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lilian, March 2, 2003, and by a grandson, Christopher Martin.

Funeral services for Lyle S. Martin were held, at 11 a.m. Fri Sept 12, 2003, at the Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home of Hixton, with Rev. Carrie Hamm and Rev. Bruce Gardow officiating. Burial with military rites by the Humbird American Legion Post #320 was made at the Mentor Township Cemetery, rural Humbird.



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