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William Ross Martin

September 9, 1933 ~ December 6, 2018 (age 85)

William Ross Martin, 85, of Litchfield, passed away Thursday evening, December 6, 2018

At the home of his daughter, Debra, in Decatur, IL.

Born in Litchfield, Illinois, a son of Bryon Charles and Juanita Laura (Carlile) Martin.   He was a graduate of Litchfield Community High School and Served in the U.S. Army during peacetime following the Korean War, stationed in Italy as a helicopter mechanic.  Upon his honorable discharge from service, he returned home and married the former Reba Mae Bishop on August 5, 1956 at Union Avenue Christian Church.  Mrs. Martin passed away March 11, 2005. 

Mr. Martin and his family lived for many years in Decatur. He was employed by the Borg-Warner Corporation and its successors until his retirement.  Mr. Martin was a machinist, mechanic and draftsman over his career.  He was a member of Union Avenue Christian Church of Litchfield, A life member of both the Decatur Gun Club and Decatur American Legion Post #105.  Mr. Martin enjoyed hunting, shooting trap and skeet, fishing, and truly enjoyed traveling, recently taking a cruise with his daughters and their families.

Surviving are his three daughters; Debra (Rick) Tucker of Decatur, Diane (Dave) Axness of Fall City, WA., and Donna (Albert) Journey of Bolingbrook, IL

Six grandchildren; Jennifer (Casey) Tucker-Vinsel, Bill (Star) Tucker, Greg Tucker, Brian (Samantha) Axness, Karla Axness and Rebecca (Fiancé) Rick Mendoza) Journey, and five great grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Reba, Mr. Martin is preceded in death by his parents and a brother George Martin.

Funeral services for Mr. Martin will be conducted, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield.  The Rev. Gary Schwab, a family relative, will officiate and burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield.   Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  The family suggests memorials to the Decatur Gun Club or the Litchfield Veterans Memorial Garden. 

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