Howard R. Martin

September 10, 1936 ‒ November 27, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Howard Martin passed away peacefully on Friday, November 27, 2020.

Howard was born on September 10, 1930, in East Liverpool, Ohio. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1948, and in 1950, he joined the Navy and was assigned to the construction battalion (Seabees) where he helped build airfields in Cuba and Newfoundland. He was honorably discharged in 1954. Howard was extremely proud of his service to our country.

He and his surviving wife, Doris (Dreussi) Martin were married on December 30, 1954. Howard subsequently enrolled at Kent State and played varsity football for three years. Upon graduation from Kent State, Howard was hired by Marion Power Shovel as a salesman and relocated his family from Ravenna to Marion. He joined Bucyrus Erie in the same role in 1961 where he enjoyed an eighteen-year career. The highlight of his time with Bucyrus Erie was selling the largest dragline in the world (The Big Muskie) to Central Ohio Coal (owned by AEP).

In 1978, Howard started his own company, Saber Equipment, later renamed to Machinery Mart. He successfully operated the company for thirty years before turning the reigns over to his son Greg (although he stayed involved until his stroke three and a half years ago), who has successfully continued his legacy.

Howard enjoyed working outside on his property, fishing, and spending time with his family. Howard was also a high school football official for thirty years officiating games in the central Ohio area, serving in the umpire role. Howard was a gentle giant, loving, caring, and proud of his family. He was tremendously strong physically, even into his later years. He possessed a very quick wit and a great sense of humor and was known to pull a few pranks with his extended group of adult friends in Marion.

Howard is survived by his wife Doris of 65 years and three children, Warren (Paula) residing in Columbus, Ohio, Greg (Betsy), and Becky (Andrew Swartz), both residing in Marion, Ohio. He had two siblings, George Martin who is deceased and Kay (Martin) Evans who survives. He had six grandchildren (Jacque, Brad, Mary, Rob, Anthony, and Nick) and three great-grandchildren (Max, Reese, and Ada). Words cannot adequately describe how he was loved and revered by his entire family. He will be greatly missed by all of us but live on in our hearts.

Due to Covid-19, a private family Mass will be Celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marion with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to St. Mary Church in Marion, Ohio, or a tribute gift in his name to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel is honored to serve Howard’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Warren, Greg, & Becky and Paula, Betsy, & Andrew

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was always very nice to the DeLauder family. He always said Paula was pretty and he didn’t call holding on me when he officiated our games at Pleasant. Your dad was the ultimate road warrior salesman and I loved the chewing tobacco story! My mom and dad thought highly of the Martin family.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Mike & Zel DeLauder

  • Warren: so very sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing…my condolences to you and Paula and to your whole family. Keeping you in my thoughts and sending prayers through this difficult time.

  • To the family of Howard Martin…
    To steal a line from his obituary, words cannot describe how he was loved by his entire family, but to so many more friends … and I am more than happy to say that he was a very close and personal friend. Speaking as a former football official (the umpire), one night in particular, Howard attended a game that I was officiating. He was in the locker room with us at halftime, and he shook my hand, saying that he really liked the way I worked the middle of the field. That meant .. and still means.. the world to me. Whenever I saw him, he always, had a smile, a handshake, and a little joke for me, and that always brightened my day. Thank you for all the advice and words of wit and wisdom, my dear friend … may you rest in peace in God’s loving arms !!

  • Dear Warren, Paula, and Martin family, I am saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. He was such a great guy- I can still hear his voice as he gregariously greeted everyone with a big smile. My heartfelt condolences to you all.
    Blessings, Angela Nicolosi

  • Deepest condolences and warm remembrances of a kind and loving family man from all the children and family of Patrick and Maryann (Dreussi) Messing.

  • To Doris, Warren and Paula, Greg and Betsy, Becky and Andrew-and also to your exceptional families:

    Of all the holiday celebrations we were honored to share with you, all the great times, I think the thing that really made me love Howard was how he enjoyed Greeno and Sub Dreussi. He really listened intently to my Dad and your Dad, Doris- close brothers and widowers in their late eighties, soaking up just being together for a time.

    Howard honored and respected them, and liked to hear them talk. He got the biggest kick out of their funny stories. You have to love a guy with such a deep appreciation for his Father in Law and his brother (my Dad). Of course we all were in agreement- they were a hoot!

    For me, that is the core of who Howard was. He took the time to listen to their stories over and over. Howard enjoyed them both. That’s the thing. He did it naturally. Howard had a special knack for making and maintaining family.

    What a wonderful family and life you built together, Doris! You both are unforgettable to me -as are all of you in this family. My sister’s many children- the “Messing kids” and their families- join me in this tribute. We will be making a donation in Howard’s memory. You have our deepest condolences.

    Love to each of you, and my heart to especially to you, Doris.


  • To Mrs. Martin, Warren, Greg and Becky.
    I am so very sorry and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Martin. He was always so kind and caring and always made time for all the neighborhood kids. As a child when we moved into the Marion-Cardington neighborhood, one of the first families I met were the Martins. I will never forget all the wonderful times we had growing up thanks to Mr. Martin. Weather is was sleeping out in the huge tree house he built, playing football on the field he cleared and built or playing baseball on another field he built, Mr Martin always spent an amazing amount of time with all of us. On occasion, he even put on his referee cloths and came out to ref some of our football games. We thought we were in the NFL!
    God doesn’t make many people like Mr. Martin. Simply put, her was very special.
    I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My deep sympathies to the family. I feel very fortunate I had the opportunity in life to meet him. As a beginning football official I had the opportunity to work a few games with/for Howard. He was a great umpire during the game and so much fun before and after the game.
    I was surprised to see he sold the Big Muskie to Central Ohio Coal as I worked on the crew that built that dragline as a youngster just out of high school.
    Even though he’s passed, I keep a smile on my face thinking of his pranks and enjoyment of life.
    I hope his family can find peace in memories of better times with a truly good man.

  • Doris & Family – I am greatly saddened to hear of Howard’s passing. How I remember the times when we were neighbors on Windsor St.! My first Browns game at Municipal Stadium was with Howard & my dad in 1960 – Browns vs. Eagles. Howard also organized a baseball team with us neighborhood kids (the City Slickers) and set up games. After the games, he would take us to the root beer stand on Rt. 4 South for a cold mug. He was a one-of-a-kind gentleman who had just a tremendous natural ability to relate to others. What a wonderful example he set for how to treat people. Howard Martin had a truly positive influence on my life! My sincere condolences to all of the family and all those who loved Howard. Our world is a much better place as a result of Howard’s part in it!

    Jeff McCurdy
    Hamilton, Ohio

  • Mrs. Martin, Greg, Warren , Becky and Families,
    We are deeply sorry for your loss. We pray that the great memories of Howard will provide comfort, warmth and peace to you at this difficult time and in the days ahead.

    With sympathy and prayers,

    Jim and Julie Kraschinsky

  • My sincerest condolences to my cousin Doris and her family on Howard’s passing. As the youngest of all the cousins i remember that wonderdul smile and him always calling me Terry at our families get togethers.

  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to the family. Howard was a wonderful gentlemen. Our prayers are with his family. God Bless!

  • We send our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to my cousin Doris and her family on Howard’s passing.
    Even though we have not been together for many years, I will always remember his great smile and teasing me about being so short. We are sending love and prayers your way.

  • Sincerest condolences to cousin Doris and family on Howard’s passing. He always had a smile that could light up a room. So sorry to hear of this. Sending Prayers for comfort and love to you all.

  • Doris, Warren, Greg & Becky
    So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. The Martins and McCurdys were great family friends as I was growing up. Howard was truly a gentleman who had a huge impact on me, my brother, my sister and all the neighborhood kids around Windsor St. He always made time for us “kids”. I especially remember when a tornado hit Marion in 1963 and Howard, my Dad, my brother & I went around Marion helping to cut up all the trees that were downed on people’s houses & cars. He had a big heart for helping anyone he could. It’s too bad we don’t have more “Howard Martins” in the world today and I know he will be missed but not forgotten. I will always remember all the good memories with Howard & the entire Martin family.

    Brad McCurdy

  • Mrs. Martin, Greg & Betsy, Warren & Paula, and Becky & Andrew:
    I offer my prayers and deepest condolences to you on the passing of Mr. Martin. I have very fond memories of him as a man of strong character, integrity, and humor. Mr. Martin was a man amongst men and growing up in Marion and spending time around him and all of you, I looked up to him as a great example of what a man is supposed to be and how he should carry himself.

    May God Bless Mr. Martin and welcome him into His Kingdom.

    God bless each and every one of you and your families.


    Tim Shanahan
    P.S. I made a contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project in memory of Mr. Martin

  • Mrs. Martin, Warren, Greg, Becky and families,

    I am sorry to hear about Mr. Martin’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Mr. Martin was a wonderful person and godfather to me. I have so many fond memories of him. The Martin’s were always such good friends to my parents and family.
    May God grant him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    Love, Mary Millisor Grim

  • Mrs. Martin, Greg, Warren and Becky:

    You have my prayers and deepest sympathy over Howard’s passing. Howard was simply a true gentleman whose word was his bond. May your wonderful memories and the comforting prayers of others bring your peace in these difficult times.

    Myron Terlecky

  • Greg and Martin Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Joan (Rubeck) Yanosko

  • Mrs Martin and family,

    I am so sorry to hear the passing of Howard. What a kind and great person he was. I will remember him best for all the things he did for us kids when we where growing up. He will surely be missed by all who knew him. May God bless you all during this time .