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Robert Bob Martin

Robert Dudley Martin, 81, son of Ila Fern (Brown) Martin and Albert M. Martin was born September 1, 1932 in rural Tingley, Iowa. Bob passed away in Mount Ayr, Iowa on May 5th, 2014 after a heroic battle with cancer, with his family at his side.

Bob attended country school; kindergarten through 8th grade, then attended Mount Ayr Community School where he graduated in 1950. He then enlisted in the Army in 1952 and served until 1954 in the Korean War.

In 1955 he married Verna Mae Dillenburg. To this union three daughters were born: Peggy Lee, Barbara Jean, and Beth Ann. There are five family members carrying on the Robert name.

Bob was an Archer Oil dealer from 1966-2006, a 4-H leader from 1984-1993, he was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2003 and he was very active in the Ringgold County Fair from 1977-2011. Bob farmed from 1955-2005 where most of his life was spent living in Caledonia. He was on the Lotts Creek Township Board, 4-H Youth Council, Pioneer Cemetery Board, Farm Bureau member for several years, and read meters for over 20 years.

Some of Bob's favorite past times were fishing, County Fair, spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids, and just hanging out with his brother Howard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, great granddaughter Faith Elliott, brothers in-law Lyle Todd, Duane, Bob, Burl, and Marvin Dillenburg, Marlin Glick, Joe Daniels, Kenneth Howell, sister-in-law Shirley Martin, and niece Deb Todd.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Verna of 59 years, daughters, Peggy (Jerry) Overholser of Redding, Barb (Steve) Clark of Tingley, and Beth (Roger) Elliott of Lamoni, grandchildren, Brenda (Sheldon) Comer of Tingley, Lesa (John) Darrah, Jeff (Brandi) Overholser all of Redding, Angela (George) Thurman, April Hentges, Andy (Danica) Clark all of Mount Ayr, Randi Elliott (friend Shelby Lane) of Lamoni, Jessica Elliott (friend Chris Chistensen) of Decatur, great grandchildren Aaron, Tucker, BayLee and Alexis Darrah, Shelby and Shane Comer, Jordyn and Ellyott Overholser, Alycia and Zachary Thurman, Aubree Clark, Ethan and Masyn Elliott, brother Howard Martin of Mount Ayr, sisters Doris Todd of Mount Ayr and Mary (James) Harris of Grand River, sisters-in-law Mary Etta Dillenburg of Omaha, Nebraska, Alice Dillenburg of Creston, Betty Dillenburg of Arkansas, Donna Howell of Des Moines, Lila Dillendburg of Blair, Nebraska, Janis Daniels of Ottumwa, Lois (Harold) Baker of Keosauqua, Mary Ellen Dillenburg of Mount Ayr, brother-in-law James Dillenburg of Omaha, Nebraska, several nieces, nephews and a host of great friends.

  • Funeral Service

    May 10, 2014
    10:30 AM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    May 09, 2014
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Visitation

    May 09, 2014
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Saturday May 10 2014

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the each of you. We are sorry for you loss, he will be missed by many.

Bonnie Robinson
Sheba Schlaikjer and family
Shawn Ulmer and family

Posted by Bonnie Robinson/Sheba/Shawn - Winner, SD - relative   May 17, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to the family on the loss of your loved one. May memories of the many good times spent together sustain you now and in the days and years ahead.

Posted by Betty and Ronald Conley - Mount Ayr, IA - Friends   May 08, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

Posted by Brenda Osborn - IA   May 07, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Verna,Peggy,Barb,Beth, and family
So sorry for your loss. Bob will be missed by a lot of people. Take all your memories made with him and hold them close to you to help you get through this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Posted by Colleen and Ed Minnick    May 06, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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