Chesterton Tribune

Claude Martinez Sr dies at 85

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Claude Martinez, Sr., 85, of Liberty Twp., passed away Thursday evening, March 26, 2009, in Porter Valparaiso Hospital Campus.

He was born March 16, 1924 in Saguache, Colo., the son of Manuel and Ruby (Gomez) Martinez, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Nov. 26, 1945 in Saguache, Colo., he married Rose E. Lucero, who survives in Liberty Twp.

He is also survived by three children, Claude (Jean) Martinez, of Round Lake, Ill., Cedric Martinez of Liberty Twp. and Nadine (Bruce) Leffel, of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, Joshua, Shane, Nicolas, Sasha, Megan and Raquel; seven great-grandchildren, Nathan, Taylor, Oakley, Trinity, Vincent, Tyler and Alexis; one brother, Al Martinez and one sister, Virginia Vigil, both of Colorado Springs, Colo.

He was also preceded in death by siblings, Manuel, Barbara, Ramos and Buddy.

Claude was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Chester-ton, where he was an usher and served as head usher for many years. He was a Fourth Degree Member and Chaplain of Fr. Wirtes Council 5929, Knights of Columbus, and held many positions in the Fourth Degree of K of C. He was an initial member of the Burns Harbor Town Board, and was instrumental in the planning the building of the Police and Fire Department and Town Hall Building.

He was a Veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member and Chaplain of V.F.W. Post of South Haven, member and Chaplain of American Legion Post 502 South Haven. He was a member and Secretary for L.U.L.A.C.

Claude was retired from U.S. Steel where he was a Boilermaker with 34 years service. He was treasurer for the SOAR organization. He was an avid elk hunter in Colorado and enjoyed trout fishing in the Colorado mountains.

A Mass of Christian Burial, Fr. James Meade officiating, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 638 N. Calumet Rd., Chesterton. Cremation will follow the service.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St. Chesterton. Prayer service will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday followed by a memorial service by American Legion Post #502 at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family prefers memorials be given in memory of Claude to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

For information, please call White-Love Funeral Home, 926-1309.


Posted 3/30/2009