June 26, 2009


Michael Leon Martin, 62, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. 

Born April 16, 1947, in Galesburg to Thornton L. and Dorothy A. (Simonson) Martin, he married Orpha Kaye Brown June 7, 1980, in Colchester. She survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jamey L. (Christy) Martin of Naperville, Jennifer K. Schneider of Phoenix, Jon M. (Rachel) Martin of Washburn and Joel Casey Martin of Edelstein; and eight grandchildren.

He worked for J.A. Fritch & Sons Inc. He was a member of Local Union No. 1.

Scouting was a big part of his life since 1958. In 1960, he received his Eagle Scout with Vigil Honors. 

He was a mentor to a lot of boys in Scouting and was affiliated with Troop 91 of Chillicothe, Troop 69 of Lacon and Troop 63 of Stronghurst. 

Services were Tuesday at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. Burial was in Stronghurst Cemetery. Visitation was Monday at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Camp Eastman, Mississippi Valley Council 141.   

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.weberhurdfuneralhome.com.