I. Homer Martin, 92, Sanford Seed employee, Green Dragon standholder, Haaks UZ Church pastor

By on January 18, 2017

I. Homer Martin, 92, formerly of Stevens, passed away Jan. 11, 2017, at the United Zion Retirement Community, Lititz.

Homer was born in East Earl Township on Feb. 27, 1924, to Hoover H. and Emma Nolt Martin, and raised on a farm. Married to Mary Elizabeth Burkhart on Nov. 23, 1944, they recently observed their 72nd wedding anniversary.

Homer worked as a feed salesman for Martin’s Feed Mill, Ephrata, which later became Sensenig’s Mill. Later he worked for Stanford Seed Co., as a territory manager for a number of years until retirement, when he sold seeds for Wilken Seeds, Pontiac, Ill. He and his wife owned and operated a nut and dried fruit stand at Green Dragon for a number of years. He also served as pastor at Haaks United Zion Church for 20 years.

He loved music and played harmonica. He also sang in the Tidings of Joy chorus (Akron), which later became Gems of Grace (Ephrata), and had a radio program on WGSA on Sunday afternoons for a number of years. He served on the United Zion Camp Grove Board for 36 years.

Homer and his wife loved to travel and were in all of the states, except Alaska. They also traveled to Spain, Rome, Mexico, and El Salvador.

In addition to his wife, Homer is survived by three children: The Rev. Clyde (Sharon Kilhefner), Akron; Jay (Barbara Engstrom), Minnesota; Beverly (George Martin), Stevens; a brother: J. Wilmer (Jane) Martin, Ephrata; and a brother-in-law: Phares Musser, Ephrata. In addition there are eight grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He loved all his family.

He was predeceased by sisters: Emma Nolt, Anna Mae Haldeman, Alberta Musser, and L. Ruth Knauer.

Services were held Jan. 16 at Ephrata United Zion Church, with the Revs. Carl Eberly and Richard Martin officiating. Interment was in Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Homer’s memory may be made to United Zion Retirement Community Benevolent Fund, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, PA 17543-9502.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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