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MARTIN ANDERSON, 80
Ocala- Martin went to meet the Lord on February 16th, 2013 at Tuscany House.
Born in Dansville, VA March 18th, 1932 to Charles and Ruth (Hobson) Ellis. He served 24 years in the U.S. Navy and served at the U.S. Naval Academy as a photographer where he later became an instructor. He was commissioned as an officer after being elected to the "Seaman to Admiral" program and served as Commander of the USS Valcour. He saw combat action during the Dominican Republic crisis and served with the River Patrol Force in Vietnam during 1967-68.
He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Star, two Good Conduct Medals, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Vietnam Service Medals and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with Star. He also earned the Presidential Unit Award and Combat Action ribbons.
He attended the University of Nebraska where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Physics. Upon retiring in 1972, he moved his family to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he presided over the NJROTC program at Ft. Lauderdale HS, and was the National Director of the Navy League of the U.S.
In 1998, he moved to Ocala where he became very active at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Edith; two sons, Tom (Denise) Ellis, Phil (Annette) Ellis; two stepchildren, Michael Gallotta and Liz Davis; two brothers, Charles of Danville, VA and Jack of TN; five grandchildren, Thea, Aston, Shelby, Taylor, and Thomas; one step grandchild, Riley.
Martin was loved dearly by all who knew him. A memorial service is planned for early March at St. Mark's UMC, 1839 NE 8th Ave Rd. in Ocala with Pastor Susan Gray officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of St. Mark's.
Arrangements handled by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL.
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Feb. 19 to Feb. 20, 2013