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Lester Martin

Lester B. Martin

Monday, December 14th, 1936 - Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
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Obituary

Lester B. Martin, 82, of Denver, Pennsylvania, entered into rest peacefully at his residence, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Lester was ordained as a minister for Meadow Valley Mennonite Church on December 5, 1961 and ordained as a bishop in the Weaverland Mennonite Conference on June 19, 1991.

He was a partner in John F. Martin and Son's Meats and Martin's Country Market from 1961 to 2017, and also served as company president for over 30 years.

He was the son of the late John F. and Edna (Burkholder) Martin. He was the loving husband of Esther Mae (Musser) Martin with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

Surviving in addition to his wife are 14 children, Sharon (Lloyd) Weiler of Manheim, Sylvia (Glen) Martin of Narvon, Gerald (Doreen) Martin of Bernville, Joyce (Edward) Good of Memphis, MO, Kenneth (Lucy) Martin of Stevens, Brenda (Dale) Martin of Denver, Shirley Nolt of Bernville, Carolyn (Carl) Fox of Schaefferstown, Christine (Daryl) Hurst of Red Creek, NY, Jay (Regina) Martin of Denver, Curtis (Michelle) Martin of Savannah, NY, Esther (Nevin) Nolt of Denver, Dean Martin of Robesonia, Rose (Jeffrey) Brubaker of Reinholds; 76 grandchildren and 89 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are seven siblings, Nora (Amos) Hoover, Arlene (Earl) Sauder, Elvin Martin, John (Mary Ann) Martin, Amos (Edna) Martin, Ervin (Joyce) Martin, and Anna (Vernon) Weaver.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Weaver and two infant brothers, Franklin and Harold.

A viewing will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, 1:30 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Martindale Mennonite Reception Center, 352 Martindale Road, Ephrata. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 8:45 AM at the Martindale Mennonite Reception Center with further services at 9:30 AM at the Meadow Valley Mennonite Church, 200 Meadow Valley Road, Ephrata, with Bishop Melvin Martin officiating. Interment will take place in the adjoining church cemetery.

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Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 8th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Monday, April 8th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Martindale Mennonite Reception Center
    Address
    352 Martindale Road
    Ephrata
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, April 8th, 2019 | 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, April 8th, 2019 1:30pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Martindale Mennonite Reception Center
    Address
    352 Martindale Road
    Ephrata
  • Third Visitation

    Monday, April 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, April 8th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Martindale Mennonite Reception Center
    Address
    352 Martindale Road
    Ephrata
  • Service

    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 | 9:30am
    When
    Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 9:30am
    Location
    Meadow Valley Mennonite Church
    Address
    200 Meadow Valley Rd.
    Ephrata, PA
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  • Interment

    Location
    Meadow Valley Mennonite Church Cemetery
    Address
    Address not given

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Richard Bonnett

Posted at 10:54am
Lester was a gentleman above gentleman who always had time to chat. Doing business with Les was always a pleasure. His passing is a joy to my heart, for both our hearts belong to Him who saved us. The choked heart of grief will slowly be replaced with the smiles of fine remembrance, but it takes time. I pray for the family during that time of healing.
My sincere condolences to Bernell, Kenny, Dean, Jay, ,Jerold and the Nolts from Rich Bonnett, (the scaleman, retired)
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Gail Olinick

Posted at 12:24pm
My heart is heavy.
I will remember his beautiful smiles and stories as he visited John F. Martin and Sons LLC., pretty much every day!
May his family always have memories of loving and being loved, by such a wonderful man.
My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Gail Olinick
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JD

Posted at 02:40pm
May the family of Lester B. Martin please accept my sincere condolences hoping you find comfort in God's words at Acts 24:15 and Psalm 37:29.
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