Harry Thomas Martin, 81, of Moscow went home to be with his Lord while in his home with his family by his side, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Family and friends may gather at Fry Funeral Home, Tipton, on Sunday, April 23, from 1:00-3:00 pm for a time of visitation. Funeral service will begin immediately following the visitation, with concluding graveside service and full military honors held at Rochester Cemetery. Online condolences may be shared at www.fryfuneralhome.com.
Harry was born on February 7, 1936 in Muscatine to Harold and Pearl (Atkins) Martin. He graduated from Muscatine High School with the class of 1954 and continued his education with 2 years at the College of Engineering. Harry proudly served his country in the U.S. Marines as an Aviation Mechanic for 4 years. He married the late Claudette Miller in 1957 and they were blessed with 4 children: Mitchel, Michelle, Melissa and Michael.
Harry was a self-employed truck driver for the majority of his employment years. In his younger years, he was a Missionary and traveled to 16 different countries. He was a member of the Wilton Baptist Church and the V.F.W.
Surviving Harry are his children, Mitchel (Kathy) Martin of Oxford Junction, Michelle (Mike) Beuter of Tipton, Melissa (Derrick Mercer) Martin of Muscatine, Michael (Clarissa) Martin of Wilton; sister, Jenny (Vernon Sr.) Wilson of Muscatine; brothers, Frank (Claire) Martin of Muscatine and Eugene (Betty) Martin Sr. of Pinkard, AL; grandchildren, Julie Martin, Adam (Kellie) Martin, Kayla Martin, Alicia (Barry) Cooling, Amanda (Chris) Koch, Amy (Nolan) Mente, Ashley McCormick, Katrina (Chad) Richmond, Charles Martin, Scott Martin, Joann Martin and Robert Martin; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister, Martha (Mike) Hute, son-in-law, Tim Dolan and his Aunt & Uncle, Leon and Martha Emmert.
Dear Martin Family,
I am so sorry for your lost. I hope you can find peace and comfort in the promise God makes us. Acts 24:15 "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous". Again I am sorry for your lost.
I wish I had known about this--I was in the Quad Cities when it happened. RIP cousin Harry.
Friends in Christ:
Harry's sister, Martha, was my best friend growing up. We were both the youngest in our family. We met in church and I became part of the family; we lived only a block apart. Mr. & Mrs. Martin were sweet christian people and raised their children Harry, Jennie, Frank, Gene and Martha to be the same. Everything was Christ centered. I learned so much and enjoyed the family love and fun. Harry was the oldest. Martha's siblings always took time with her and with me too whenever I was there. They were all kind to me in an era that people were not to "colored" people, now known as African Americans. Thank You Jesus, for Daddy & Mother Martin, Harry & Claudette, Jennie & Mickey, Frank, Gene and Martha Marie.
I'm so sorry for your loss. May peace be with you during this difficult time.
To all of you please know that you are in my thoughts. I so enjoyed caring for your father, I so loved the stories he would tell about his trucking adventures and also his missionary work during my visits. He certainly left an impression on my life. May he rest in peace.
Condolence too all the family of Harry and all hopes and best wishes with you all.
Sorry to hear this, Martin family. Love and peace to you all. -- Elizabeth Humphrey
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