Charles H. Martin

Aug. 9, 1913 – Jan. 2, 2003

Charles H. Martin, 89, of 807 5th St., Charles City, died Thursday Jan. 2, 2003 at the Salsbury Baptist Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003 at the First Baptist Church, 105 Chapel Ln., Charles City. Officiating will be the Rev. Ruth Yeaton. Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery, Charles City. Family will greet friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 at Fullerton Hage Funeral Home, 401 Blunt St., Charles City. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church Tuesday morning.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to direct memorial to the Charles Martin Memorial Fund.

Charles was born August 9, 1913 the son of George W. and Helen F. (Seelye) Martin in Mason City. He later graduated from the Charles City High School.

Charles served his country in the United States Army Air Corp. from January of 1933 until his honorable discharge in January of 1936. He later re-enlisted in the United States Navy in which he served from Feb. 29, 1944 until Dec. 12, 1945, during this time he was stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

On October 2, 1935 Charles was united in marriage to Martha Tash in Mount Clemens, Mich. To this union three children were born.

Charles ended his working career as an electrician at Salsbury. He retired in 1975 after devoting 23 years of service.

Charles was very devoted to God, his wife, his children, and his country in that order. Charles also believed in volunteering his time as a Scouting Assistant in which he earned his Order of the Arrow.

Mr. Martin was a life member of the VFW, American Legion, the Floyd County Historical Society, and the Seelye Genealogical Society. He was also a member of the 40 and 8 , and the First Baptist Church in which he served on the board of Deacons, and Trustees. Charles was a past president of the Men’s Brotherhood, Floyd Co. Civil Defense Director, and a 15-year veteran of the Floyd Co. Sheriffs Reserves. He also enjoyed being a swimming instructor at the YMCA for many years.

Charles spent his free time playing cards, working with his H.O. trains, and going fishing and camping. Charles was very fond of traveling and often spoke of their trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

Those thankful for having shared in his life include his wife Martha, three children, David Martin and his wife Elfriede of Olympia, Wash., Sharon Sylvester Jorgensen and her husband Charles of Clear Lake, and Mary Slifka and her husband Kenneth of Grundy Center, 8 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents, one brother George R. Martin, one granddaughter, Sherri Cosgriff, one great great grandson, and a son in law, Gary Sylvester.

Fullerton Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements. (641) 423-8676 www.fullertonfh.com.

Published in the Charles City Press (IA) – Monday, January 6, 2003