Richard Martin

April 7, 1938 ~ December 30, 2009 (age 71)

Martin, Richard E., age 71 left this world peacefully the morning of December 30, 2009. He began his life jouney on April 7, 1938 in Brooklyn NY, along with a fraternal twin, Carol Ann Martin, who he referred to as his "womb-mate". As a child, "Richie" grew up in Brooklyn playing stickball, graduating HS and later being drafted into the United States Army. After serving his country he began his longtime employment with GMAC (later turning into EDS, the company from which he retired) and started a family by marrying Judy Danielsen in 1966. A few years passed and by 1972 Richie and Judy had two children named Laura and Keith. Then in 1976 he received a great opportunity for GM to transfer from Old Bridge, NJ to Huber Heights, OH. It was there he spent many happy years with his wife, raising their children and building strong friendships with wonderful people. Richie loved the Giants, spending all Sunday watching football and sharing his love of music and playing drums with his kids. Unfortunately in 1991, at the age of 52, he suffered a brain aneurysm while receiving brain surgery at UC. As a result, he lost his speech and was paralyzed on one side. Although he was limited, Richie could still communicate with his facial expressions and was mobile with help of his wheelchair. Due to his many medical needs, the family found a great place for him at Springmeade in Tipp City for assisted living. It's a wonderful place with a wonderful staff and it was there he lived out his remaining years. And we, his family are truly grateful to them for all that they have done. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mae Martin and half brother, Sonny Martin. He left behind may people who loved him; his fraternal twin Carol A. Sabel and her husband Harold of Boca Raton, FL; daughter Laura and her husband Mark Sowers of Vandalia, OH; son Keith Martin of Centerville, OH; his only two grandchildren, Jacob Sowers, 12 and Olivia Sowers 6; along with various nieces and nephews who reside around the country. Services will be private with only immediate family attending. Dad, your family loved you so very much. We rejoice knowing your soul is free and no longer anchored by your earthly body. You can fly with the angels and look down knowing we are proud of you for all you endured in life. Than you for all you've given us. Until we all meet again.

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