Bernard F. “Bernie” Martin

August 20, 1946 ‒ January 18, 2020

Galion, Ohio

GALION: Bernard Francis Martin, age 73, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020, in his Galion home.

Bernie was born August 20, 1946, in Crestline to Francis Leonard & Winnie Mae (Cook) Martin. He grew up on the family farm and was a graduate of Galion High School. He served his country as a Sergeant in the US Air Force from 1966-1970.

Over the years, Bernie worked for Ohio Brass (with his father and brother) and Peabody. For 22 years he worked for Pentair Water Ashland Operations (formerly F.E. Meyers) and retired as plant manager in 2011.

Bernie was a huge dog lover. His Newfoundland, Shadow, was walked 5x each day and received freshly cooked meals and gingersnap cookies. All the kids in the neighborhood knew him and his dog by name, and Bernie loved them all in return. He was quick to joke and loved to share a good laugh with anyone. Nature was important to Bernie and he enjoyed target practice, camping, traveling, fishing, and going to Lake Erie. In younger years, he attended all of his kid’s sporting and school events (he even coached some of the teams) and more recently he enjoyed going out to eat and every moment spent with his grandkids.

Bernie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion and the American Legion Post #342.

He is survived by his daughter Deanna Martin of Cincinnati; son Derrick Martin of Lexington; granddaughters Audrey & Delaney Martin of Mansfield; siblings William (Janie) Martin of Sulphur Springs, Francis Martin of Bucyrus, and Mary Martin of Butler; sister-in-law Emma Martin of Butler; the mother of his children Jeannine Martin; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, neighbors, and friends.

In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his brother David Martin in 2018.

A memorial service honoring Bernie’s life will be held 1:30 pm Saturday, January 25, 2020, in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home officiated by Deacon Greg Kirk. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 11:30 to 1:30 pm and burial will occur at a future date. Military honors will be at the funeral home following the service. Contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Crawford County Humane Society may be brought or sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH, 44904).

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  • Bernie will be greatly missed, my daughter would run outside every time she would see him and shadow walking down the road and she would yell “there’s Bernie!”

  • We send our heartfelt condolences to all of those who shared the love and friendship of Bernie. Being a neighbor on the block we were privileged to see him and Shadow quite a bit. They always stopped to shoot the breeze. We will miss him.

  • My condolences go out to my cousins: Deanna Marie Martin and Derrick Martin and Family. I will always remember Bernie as my Uncle and my fathers Best Friend. I remember my aunt and uncle living around the corner from us in Escondido, Ca. And later living next door in Galion with my Grandpa and Grandma. I remember watching baseball with my uncle and him smoking his pipe and slowly falling asleep in his chair. I recently rebuilt my relationship with him on facebook and he was a fan of my art. I will miss him dearly as a figure in my childhood and growth into a young man. Love and Light to the family. Blessings

  • Deanna and Derrick, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for both of you at this difficult time.

  • had the enjoyment of drinking a few beers with Bernie at the varsity grille , Ralphie and roosters my bride lisa and I will miss him rip Bernie tony and lisa Hoffman/dye

  • Bernie was a good friend. His Shadow was one of my Zena’s puppies. He was always smiling and a kind man. We worked together for many years and he loved his children and all of his family. My prayers to all who cared for him as family or friend.

  • It is hard to imagine this neighborhood without Bernie. His kindness and selfless devotion to others was an inspiration to us all. Bernie was simply one of the best people we have ever known. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

  • Our condolences to the family and his faithful companion. Bernie is already missed alot in the neighborhood. He would laugh everytime he went by our house on Jefferson St., as one of our dogs would go off because he walked on ” his” sidewalk with Shadow. Bernie’s laugh was infectious. He didn’t know a stranger. He always helped his neighbors without being asked and made sure to stop and chat when passing by. Our neighborhood lost a friend.

  • I walked my dogs near Bernie’s house and often exchanged hellos with him as he walked his Shadow. My last memory is of him shouting out “the things we do for our dogs!!” As I passed him on a particularly cold/icy morning. Often I would see him clearing snow from the neighbors sidewalks.
    What a nice man. He will be missed. By animals and people both. ♥️

  • He had the best laugh! I will miss that the most. I also remember the pipe smoking in his chair. Gave him a Santa like quality. Hugs to the family as I am sure this is so very hard. May find memories and knowing how many lives he touched help you through.❤️

  • Our neighborhood will never be the same. Bernie was a welcome smile every day as he would walk past with Shadow. For years my family would greet him as he and Shadow walked past our home. Two of my dogs loved him and Shadow. Bernie would have his snow blower out in the winter cleaning the walls of the entire block and his edger out in the warmer weather edging our sidewalks as well as helping others with mowing their lawns. He will be greatly missed.

  • Wow such a shock when I heard of Bernie’s passing, still cant believe it. We have only lived in the neighborhood @10 years but he and Fran were the 1st to Welcome us and Shadow of course. He will definitely be missed by so many, my grand-kids definitely they always had to see him and Shadow. It wont be the same 🙁 We had many chats on the front porch, and he always asked about our son and how he was doing, a very thoughtful person for so many I’m still at aw . So our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • Deanna and Derrick, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have so many great memories that we all shared. May God bring you strength and peace. Love, Ken and Vicky

  • Deanna and Derrick, we were so sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Cheryl and David

  • Saturday morning breakfast at the Bistro won’t be the same. Meeting up at the res with the early risers won’t be the same.

    I’ll have a bowl of oatmeal for you.
    Miss you Bernie.

    To the entire family, my love and condolences.

  • To Bill and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Bernie was well liked and a good guy. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Bernie.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Our family and many, many others will miss having Bernie in the neighborhood. He was always looking for ways to help others. He’s done so much for us around our house (on top of the regular maintenance he provided to the entire neighborhood). My little girls couldn’t stay inside if they saw him and Shadow out in his garage working on projects or walking around the block. We all enjoyed conversations with him! He would constantly bring my kids cookies and popsicles whenever they were outside. They adored his kindness and we will always cherish his friendship. I grew up just down the road and have known this warm-hearted man for years, and I’m so glad my kids got to enjoy his friendliness and cheerful soul for awhile. To say he will be missed is an understatement. Prayers to the family and friends.

  • Bernie’s absence from the neighborhood will surely be noticed by everyone who knew him and also those who casually knew him. He was a very special person to my grandchildren Paisley and Emma nigh. He will be missed.