Ralph's Story

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Ralph D. Martin, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 14, at his home.
He was born in Dalton, Ohio, Oct. 31, 1930, to Phares D. and Magdalena (Miller) Martin.
Ralph married Betty Mast in Berlin, Ohio, in 1952. She survives along with four children, Steve (Lucie) Martin, Middlebury, Jeff (Karen) Martin, Fairview Park, Ohio, Beth (David) Birky and Kirk Martin, both of Goshen; eight treasured grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three siblings, Grace Martin and P. Wesley (Mary Ellen) Martin, both of Orrville, Ohio, and Lois (Dennis) Zimmerly, Sterling, Ohio.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Stella Marjorie (Schantz) Martin, and his sisters, Alice Martin, Velma Souder and Carolyn Swarzendruber.
After serving in Voluntary Service in Greensburg, Kansas, 1952 to 1954, Betty and Ralph lived in Orrville, Ohio, for 40 years. Ralph was active in the Orrville community and his home congregation, Orrville Mennonite Church.
In 1998 he and Betty moved to Goshen to be closer to children and grandchildren. They became members of Waterford Mennonite Church.
Visitation will take place Sunday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Yoder Culp Funeral Home, Goshen.
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 Ind. 15, Goshen.
Burial will follow at Violett Cemetery, Goshen.
Memorial donations can be made to Mennonite Disaster Service or Goshen Public Library.
To share online condolences, visit www.yoderculpfuneralhome.com.
Published on September 15, 2017
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