Roy Willard MARTIN

MARTIN, Roy Willard

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Roy lost his gallant fight for life January 10, 2013 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA January 29, 1923 to Florence Louise Staley and Thomas Martin. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Evelyn; daughter, Beth Patrizio (Bill) of Pittsburgh; sons, Gary (Thea) of Pittsburgh and Scott of Pittsburgh; daughter-in-law, Resa of Pittsburgh; sister, Shirley Parkins (Don) of Stuart; step-sons, Abner and Michael Bigbie (Cindy); 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, 5 nieces, 2 nephews, 6 great-nieces and 6 great-nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents; first wife, Joan; sons, Wayne (Resa) and Jeffery; daughter-in-law, Annie; sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Johnny Suelzle, brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Jesse Martin. Roy proudly served his Country in The Army of the United States during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the 384th Fighter Squadron, 364th Fighter Group. He was stationed in Honington, England where he served as Armament Flight Chief and received six decorations/citations for outstanding service. He was a member of The Eighth Air Force Historical Society and the 364th Fighter Group Association. He was self-employed at Fort Pitt Fixture Company in Houston, PA (architectural millwork) from 1941 to 1985, at which time he retired to Palm Beach Gardens, FL. After retirement he worked part-time at Home Depot designing cabinets for several years. He lived in River Ranch Resort, River Ranch, FL from 2002 to August, 2012, when he moved to Tequesta, due to failing health. He was an avid golfer in his day, and a Pittsburgh Steeler fan to the end! He loved to sing all the oldies - he knew them all! His loving memory will remain in our hearts forever. A Memorial Service will be held at River Ranch Chapel, 30122 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch, FL; 33867, January 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM followed by a reception at the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy's memory to "River Ranch Chapel," the Barnabas Fund, or . Inurnment will take place in Pittsburgh, PA at a later date.

Published in The Palm Beach Post on Jan. 20, 2013