Charles E. Martin

February 01, 1934 ‒ July 07, 2015

Ashley, Ohio

Charles E. Martin, age 81 of Ashley passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Arbors of Delaware.

Born in Delaware on February 1, 1934, he was a son of the late Lloyd and Grace C. (Davis) Martin. He played basketball for Elm Valley High School, graduating in 1952.

With hard working hands, he farmed, raised corn, soybeans, and pigs.  He was also a Gries Hybrid Corn Dealer and operated Martin’s Farm and Produce Market.  Always eager to try and learn new things, he possessed an entrepreneurial spirit. Active and full of energy for 15 years he worked as a barber with CAPS in Delaware.   He enjoyed a passion for harness racing both as an owner and trainer. Described as determined and steadfast, he was also a woodworker and beekeeper.

His love of life, farming, and family will long be remembered.

Charles is survived by his sons Charles “Matt” (Ann) of Washington, D.C., Mike (Lisa) of Richwood, Tom of Radnor, David Martin of Ashley, daughter Sue (David) Neal of Pittsburgh, PA, grandchildren Audrey, Charlie, Melissa, Zachary, Kiley, Alec, Martin, Peter, Samuel, 7 great-grandchildren, brother Ed (Judy) Martin, sister Lou Ann Borden.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years Donna Lou (Hart) Martin in 2013.

A gathering of friends will be held Saturday 2-4 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware where a brief service of celebration will follow, led by Celebrant Don Lockwood.

Friends are then invited to join the family for a meal in the Community Room of the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center following the services.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Alzheimer’s Assoc. or ViaQuest Hospice.

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  • Mike, Matt, Tommy, David and Suzie:
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. A lot of fond memories of him from hanging around your Ashley house growing up and from all of our sporting events over the years…. football, baseball games, swim meets and the like that he would always be at.

  • Melissa, Lisa and family,
    So sorry for your loss. You will be in my prayers.

  • This is a note for Lou Ann Borden:
    I am sorry to have missed you at your brother, Charley’s services last week.
    Since I don’t have your address or phone number, I am using this as a way to
    send a message of condolences to you and all the Martin family. My sister told
    me about his passing yesterday. If I had known, George and I would have been
    there on Saturday afternoon. All our best to you.
    Kay Conklin