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April 5, 1937 December 18, 2018
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Ronald LeRoy Martin, age 81, passed away peacefully Monday morning, December 18th, 2018 at the Center for Hospice Care in Elkhart, Indiana after a short but valiant fight with lung cancer.

Ron was born to Arthur and Bernice (Neel) Martin on April 5th, 1937 in Harrison, Missouri. He graduated from Lincoln High School here in Plymouth in 1955. He married the love of his life, Marcia Bennett, on July 28th, 1963. Together they had two sons; Phil Martin and Chris Martin, along with one daughter, Kelly Alliss. He worked at Wagner Wire/United Technologies for 38 years, then followed that up working with family at TCP print shop until his retirement in 2011. He loved cars and reminiscing about many of the special ones he owned throughout the years. He was also a big fan of country music, even visiting the Grand Ole Opry when he was a kid. He and Marcia enjoyed spending a lot of time in their backyard watching the birds that came to visit their bird feeders. You could usually find Ron sitting in his chair under the back porch during the summer months. He enjoyed watching Nascar races on TV, as well as various action/cop shows.  Another joy of his was their trip to McDonald's for breakfast a few days a week.

Ron was proceeded in death by his parents, infant brother Robert, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his loving wife, Marcia, his sons; Phil Martin, Chris (Paige) Martin, and daughter Kelly (Ty) Alliss. He is also survived by his two brothers; Terry (Carolyn) Martin and Phil (Sherrie) Martin, and sister-in-law Melody Corey. Granddaughter Brittany (Nate) Datena, two grandsons; Jacob Alliss and Skylier (Martin) Kelly, step-grandchildren Brooke Benjamin, Cody (Allasyn) Benjamin and nephews, PJ, Ben, Jeff and Jon Martin also survive.

A celebration of Ron’s Life will take place on December 29th, 2018 in the Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 West Madison Street Plymouth, Indiana 46563 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Martin family requests memorial contributions in Ron’s name be made to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 112 S. Center Street Suite C Plymouth, Indiana 46563.

Friends are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories of Ron with his family at

The Van Gilder Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements for the Martin family.

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Celebration of Life




2:00 PM 12/29/2018 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 12/29/2018 4:00:00 PM
Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home

300 West Madison Street
Plymouth, IN 46563

Deaton-Clemens Van Gilder Funeral Home
300 West Madison Street Plymouth 46563 IN
United States

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The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care


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