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Red Hook - Harold E. Martin Jr., 79, a retired local mailman and 12th generation resident of Red Hook, NY passed away peacefully at the Thompson House on Monday, August 4, 2014.
Born on February 23, 1935 in Rhinebeck, NY he was the son of the late Harold E. Martin, Sr. and Loretta (Tetro) Martin.
A 1951 graduate from Red Hook Central School, Harold served in the Air Force during the Korean War as a Staff Sergeant working as a radio intercept operator. On September 9, 1956, he married Marjorie Patricia "Pat" Martin at the Asistencia Mission in Redlands, California. They were happily married for 35 years, until her death in January 1992.
Harold was a letter carrier for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1990, and worked out of the Red Hook Post Office where he was well known to many throughout the community. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, a member of American Legion Post #1 (their National Post), a life member of the Korean War Vets Association, and a lifetime member of VFW Post #7765 in Red Hook where he organized and called bingo games every Wednesday night for many decades.
Active in the community, Harold volunteered for over 20 years as a coach, manager, and player representative for the Red Hook Little League. He also volunteered for Troop 42 Boy Scouts of America in Red Hook, and was a longtime member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Rock City where he served as church council member and secretary. He was also a lifelong avid New York Yankees fan.
Harold is survived by two sons: Jeffrey & wife, Michelle, of Red Hook and Edward & wife, Erin, of Farmington, Connecticut; and a daughter: Susan & partner, Michele Baker, of Staatsburg. He is also survived by seven grandsons; Christopher, Zachery, Jonathan, Ethan, Andrew, Matthew, and Jacob, three granddaughters; Jennifer, Kaili, and Moorea, two great grandchildren; Emily and Ryan, as well as numerous cousins.
In addition to his wife and parents, Harold was predeceased by his eldest son, Gregory A. Martin, and his sister, Betty.
The entire Martin Family will forever be tremendously grateful to the devoted and loving staff of the Thompson House for their compassionate care of Harold.
Friends and relatives may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY on Thursday, August 7, from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.
Funeral services will be held at Memorial Lutheran Church, Rock City on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am. Pastor Will Starkweather will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook.
Memorial Donations may be made in Harold's memory to Memorial Lutheran Church, 1232 Rt. 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571.
For directions, or to sign our online guestbook, please visit: www.Burnett-White.com
Burnett & White Funeral Home
7461 South Broadway
Red Hook, NY 12571
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8, 2014