Lt. Col. (Retired) Joseph Eugene Martin 80, of Wilmington passed away Thursday July 27, 2017 at his home.
Joe was born October 9, 1936 the son of the late Bartholmew Steven Martin and Stella Louise Hejnar Martin. He served his country faithfully for over 20 years in the US Army for the Corps of Engineers, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir and was a member of Knights of Columbus.
Joe was a great Husband, Father and Grandfather and is survived by his wife of 59 years Rosemarie Dambra Martin of the home, son Michael Martin and wife Terri of Painesville, Ohio, daughter Patricia Taylor and husband Frank of Angier, NC, Carol Ann Roberts and husband Scott of Milton, FL. Seven Grandchildren Amanda Taylor, Stephen Roberts, Brian Roberts, Nicholas Taylor, Rachel Martin, Maria Martin and Shelby Roberts, Three Great-Grandchildren Jayden, Abbey and Riley.
Funeral service will be conducted 9:00 AM Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father John McGee will officiate the service. Burial will follow the service at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery where full military honors will be awarded.
The family will see friends on Monday evening between 5:00 and 7:00 PM at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lower Cape Fear Hospice for there wonderful care that they gave to Joe, and memorials may be directed to the Foundation at 1406 Physician Drive Wilmington, NC 28401.
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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.