Lt. Col. (Retired) Joseph Eugene Martin

October 9, 1936 - July 27, 2017
Lt. Col. (Retired) Joseph Eugene Martin

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.


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  • July 29, 2017
    Janis Slade & family says:
    My sincerest condolences and prayers to you Rosemarie and the entire Martin family.

  • July 29, 2017
    Lisa Barnes (Tetu) says:
    The Martin family and my family were neighbors for most of my childhood. Our friendship contined as I became an adult. Mr. Martin has always been like another "dad" to me. I have been blessed with many memories. My heart goes out to Mrs. Martin and my friends/his 2 daughters. Thank you for sharing him with me. He will be remembered with love.

  • July 29, 2017
    Michelle High says:
    My sincere condolences go out to the family

  • July 29, 2017
    Crystal Thomas says:
    So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • July 29, 2017
    Libba Beamer says:
    Patty, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Frank and your family. Please remember me to your Mom, Libba and Dick Beamer