Gerald W. Martin
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Gerald W. Martin
He was born Jan. 28, 1937, in Deer Creek, Illinois, to John and Dorothy (Wilson) Martin.
On March 28, 1992, Gerald married Sherry Root, who survives.
Gerald moved to the Milford area in 1950 with his family and made his home.
He was a truck driver, eventually retiring from GNR Transport before working for the Kosciusko County Highway Department for several years.
Along with his driving career, Gerald was so much more. He would continue working on the family farm, as well as having his own lawn-mowing business. He was a member of Wawasee Community Bible Church.
Gerald was a humble man with a servant's heart, always willing to help family and friends however he could. He had a contagious smile and a wonderful sense of humor, always trying to find the lighter side of every situation. You could find him in his garden, mowing yards or working on his antique Farmall tractors. He especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family playing card or board games and enjoyed collecting many novelty items. A loving father, husband, grandfather and friend, Gerald's legacy will live on through all those he touched.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sherry; son, Dave Martin (wife, Vicki Nyce), Milford; daughter, Brenda (husband, Tom) Bulger, Milford; and two grandchildren, Matthew Bulger, Milford, and Michelle (husband, Tyler) Owens, Cassopolis, Michigan. Also surviving are three stepchildren, Glen (wife, Tammy) Root, Greenfield, Ryan (wife, Ann) Root, Boulder, Colorado, and Kellye (husband, Eric) Hoerr, Fort Wayne; seven step-grandchildren, Amber Root, Kathryn Root, Aaron Root, Sammy Root, Ethan Hoerr, Kyle Hoerr and Evon Hoerr; brother, John Martin Jr., Milford; and three sisters, Ruth (husband, Pete) Blaettner, Fort Wayne, Verla (husband, Al) Suttor, Bremen, and Joyce Wolferman, Milford.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of Gerald's life will take place Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. at Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Milford. Pastor Tom Speicher will officiate.
Burial will follow at Milford Cemetery.
Visitation for Gerald will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3-7 p.m. at Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Milford.
In honor of Gerald, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America or the Parkinson's Foundation.
Mishler Funeral Home and Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mishlerfhcc.com.
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