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Phillip Eugene Martin

November 13, 1934 ~ September 22, 2017 (age 82)

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September 26, 2017

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
First Baptist Church/New Beginnings Church
204 S. Monroe St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

Funeral Service
September 26, 2017

2:00 PM
First Baptist Church/New Beginnings Church
204 S. Monroe St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

  Phillip Eugene Martin, 82, of Streator, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017, at the LaSalle Veterans' Home in LaSalle, Illinois.

  Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church/New Beginnings Baptist Church, Streator.  Pastor Mike Young will officiate.

  Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. at the church. The Solon-Telford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Streator.  Pallbearers will be Mark, Tim, Brett, Brooks and Brennon Martin; and Jim Woodward.  Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.

  Born November 13, 1934, in Ottumwa, Iowa, he was the son of Forrest and Ada (Walters) Martin.  He married Judith Woodward on June 24, 1956.  She survives in Streator.

  He is also survived by a daughter, Cari (Ken) Ziegler of Drippings Springs, Texas; sons, Mark (Beverly) Martin of Streator and Tim (Dana) Martin of Streator; grandchildren, Brett Martin, Brooks (Mollie) Martin, Brennon Martin, Margaret Martin, Rachel (Trevor) McKey, Haleigh Martin, Kylene (Chad) Donahue; great-grandchildren, Forrest McKey and Wyatt Martin; a sister, Bonita “Bunny” Davis of Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Nancy McCauley; brothers, Richard and Forrest “Bud” Martin; his father-in-law, James Woodward and his mother-in-law, Lola Woodward Reeder.

  Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, he moved to the Streator area when he was 11 years old.  He attended Streator schools after that.

  He served in the United States Navy from 1953-1957.

  He worked as a Trust Officer and Assistant Vice President for Union National Bank, which later became Union Bank, for 36 years. 

  He attended both the Primitive Methodist Church and First Baptist Church/New Beginnings, Streator.  He was a former member of the Streator Kiwanis Club and the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217.  He served as treasurer for the Streator Elementary School District 44 for 27 years.

  Phil lived a life totally committed to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  He was a kind, dedicated, and loving husband, father, and grandfather.  His kindness was known by anyone fortunate enough to cross his path.  His wealth was in his family and he treasured them above all else. His absence has left a hole in our hearts, yet we have the knowledge we will be with him again in heaven for the Great Family Reunion.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, or the LaSalle Veterans' Home.

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