Gary R. Martin, 77, of Bradford, formerly of Warren, PA passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at the St. Vincent Hospital, Erie.
He was born on April 13, 1946 in the former village of Kinzua; a son of the late Troy and Vera Eschenbach Martin.
He was a 1964 graduate of the Warren Area High School and he earned his Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Edinboro University in 1969.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War; serving from 1969 until his honorable discharge in 1972. While serving his country Gary earned a Bronze Star Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal w/ 2 Bronze Stars as well as several other commendations and medals.
On August 27, 1988 in the United Methodist Church, Sheffield; Gary married Linda Wilson who survives.
He is a member of PARSE and a former member of PSSU, the First Presbyterian Church, Warren and the former Kinzua baseball team. Gary’s hobbies included carpentry, woodworking, making wooden furniture, gardening and geocaching. He also enjoyed camping and travelling with his wife. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers fan.
He was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as a caseworker in Warren and Bradford for thirty years; retiring as a supervisor in 2004.
In addition to his wife of thirty-five years, Linda Martin of Bradford, he is also survived by two brothers, Troy (Andrea) Martin of Canonsburg and Timothy (Mary) Martin of Chester; three sisters, Rebecca (Michael) Volow of Durham, NC, Nancy (Manny) Rydholm of Newburg, IN and Judy (Richard) Lipsey of Kersey; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents; he was also preceded in death by one brother, Douglas Martin.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM in the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. with funeral services to immediately follow at 11:00 in the funeral home with the Pastor Andrew Christiansen of the Seventh Day Adventist, Derrick City, officiating.
Military honors performed by the U.S. Army Honor Guard and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org, The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.