Fred Martin, 72 - February 22, 2013Fred Martin, age 72 of Elwood, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elwood.
Services will be held on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elwood with the Rev. Mary Fuller and Sharon Corder officiating. Burial will be in the Elwood Cemetery.
Martin was born Aug. 31, 1940, at Cozad to Henry R. and Nellie E. (Newhouse) Martin. He attended Cozad High School.
On June 30, 1962, he married Patricia “Patsy” Putnam at Gothenburg in a double wedding ceremony that also involved Patsy’s sister. The couple was blessed with a son, Tom.
Shortly after their marriage, Martin began work at a hay mill in Cozad. A few years later, the couple moved to Kearney where he was employed at RE Coldwell, and later Eaton.
The couple moved to Colorado briefly before moving to Lexington in 1975, where Martin worked at Sperry New Holland until 1985. After his time at New Holland, he went to work at Orthman Manufacturing for 15 years. Most recently, he had worked at Walmart in Lexington, where he enjoyed assembling the store’s bicycles.
Martin enjoyed being outdoors in his free time, the family said. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, though he never seemed to have enough time to fish as much as he wanted.
He also loved gardening, westerns and watching rodeos. He was a Nebraska football fan, and loved watching his granddaughters throughout all of their many activities, the family said. he was also active in the Elwood Booster Club for many years.
Martin was preceded in death by: his parents; a sister, Callie McClendon; and two brothers, Wallace and Harry Martin.
Survivors include: his wife, Patsy Martin of Elwood; son, Tom (Melissa) Martin of Elwood; three grandchildren—Alexa (fiancé Andrew), Manon, Hadley; great granddaughter, Reagan; sister, Elaine (Bob) Keiser of Gothenburg; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.