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Obituary for Stanley Martin
Stanley W. Martin of Chrisman, IL went home to be with the Lord on February 19, 2019, it was his 89th birthday. Stanley was born February 19, 1930, the eldest son of Glen A. Martin and Mary (Whitsell) Martin. He married Elizabeth (Betty) Grover on September 28, 1950, and they enjoyed 68 wonderful years together. Stanley and his dear wife, whom he lovingly called “Mom”, raised six of their own children, along with many friends and cousins who were all considered one of the kids. Stanley was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and worked as a custom farmer, a teamster, and at O’Neal Brothers in Danville, IL where he retired. He loved his garden, and spent many hours with all his grandkids there. Watching NASCAR with his sons was a regular pastime. He was a Ford man through and through, and those who knew him well knew not to discuss any other make of vehicle around him, for fear of being chased out of the house. He enjoyed making soup and participating in chili cook-offs, and making homemade ice cream for family reunions (although he would often grab unsuspecting family members by the arm to have them take a turn cranking – and it might be a while before he returned). He loved to sing and dance, and would travel anywhere just to hear country music. The house was always full of love and laughter, and after a few days at Paris Community Hospital with all the cousins, nephews and grandkids, the laughs, memories, and the stories of “Stan the Man” will continue. Stanley is survived by his beloved wife, their six children: Sharon Cunningham of Paris, IL; Brenda (Mark) Moore of Springfield, IL; Gary Lee (Jane) Martin of Paris, IL; Larry Dale (Pam) Martin of Danville, IL; Sarah Lou (Tim) Henn of Paris, IL; and Debra Lynn (Mike) Sullivan of Charleston, IL; 14 grandchildren: Amber (Bryan) Furgeson, Lori Ann Fonner, Jeff Martin, Heather Hart (Gene) Campbell, Bobbie Jeffries, Billie Bays, Josh Martin, Ryan Martin, Natasha (Kevin) Cash, Zachary (Lauren) Henn, Mallory (Alex) Corrington, Robert Landon (Laurie) Callaway, Eddie (Erin) Sullivan, and Traci Guthrie; 35 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, 3 nephews, and 1 niece. He will be joining his parents, a brother, a sister, his nephew, Chris Martin, and great-great-granddaughter, Elina Grace Baker, in heaven. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Krabel Funeral Home in Chrisman, IL. Visitation will be held for one hour prior beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Franklin Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Pleasant Meadows Senior Living Activity Fund for the Haven Center, or to the Chrisman Christian Church.