Robert Lee Martin
passed away peacefully on November 26, 2019.
He was born on
October 8, 1932 in Hillsburg, IN, to the late Ralph and Edith Martin.
from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1950. He met the love of his life,
Shirley Austin and they married on November 26, 1955. They celebrated 64
years of blissful marriage together.
Robert was a man
dedicated to his family and friends with his kind, caring and generous
heart. Robert served in the Navy during the Korean War as a 3rd Class Petty
Officer. He worked for Bethlehem Steel as a Controller in the Sheet/Tin
Department, where he retired in 1995 after 30 years. He moved to Monticello,
IN, for 10 years and happily returned to Valparaiso to be closer to his
family where he resided until his death.
He touched the
lives of many people as a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion
and Saint Paulís Catholic Church Menís Club. Robert was a founding member
and past president of Valparaiso American Pop Warner football in 1970. He
was a lifelong member of the John Purdue Club and proudly wore Gold and
Robert is survived
by his beloved wife, Shirley. He is survived by his five children: Marty
(Diane), Mathew (Brenda), Michael (Beth), Connie (Merle) Sparenberg, Jill
(Jim) Perry; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the St.
Paulís Catholic Church, 1855 W. Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46385.
Mass Service will
be held at 11 a.m. at the St. Paulís Catholic Church, Rev. Douglas Mayer
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to VNA Hospice.
Dykes Funeral Home, Inc. (219)-462-3125.