Roddy Carl Martin
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Lt. Col. (USAF Ret.)
SHREVEPORT, LA - Roddy Carl Martin, retired decorated Air Force Veteran left his earthly home and entered into eternal rest on April 24, 2014.
Roddy, the only son of the late Carl C. and Evelyn B. Martin was born on January 8, 1939. He was a graduate of Fair Park High School and Louisiana Tech, graduating with a degree in History and French. He entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. after his college graduation.
During his distinguished military career of 28 years as a Transportation Staff Officer and later, as Commander, he served in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam and a number of stateside assignments in South Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Ohio and North Carolina. For his distinguished service, Roddy was awarded, among others, the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, AF Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Small Arms Expert Marksman, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Award.
Roddy was a strong leader; his sense of pride and service to his country and fellow service members was undeniable. He was methodical, meticulous and precise in all of his endeavors. He was truly a dedicated officer as exemplified by his many accomplishments.
After retiring from the Air Force, Roddy fulfilled his life long dream of rebuilding from bumper to bumper, his 1931 Model A Ford Coupe. Upon completion, he drove it from his home in North Carolina to Shreveport to visit his parents. He also continued his in depth study and reading of The Civil War and could talk for hours on the subject. He was also a Life Member of VFW Post 4588 in Bossier City.
Roddy is survived by his two sisters, Mary Helen Cline and Evelyn Gunderson, their husbands, Vinton and Robert (Bob). Also surviving Roddy are two nephews, Scott Gunderson (Charla), Drs. Kevin Cline (Debra), two nieces, Jill Small (Rob) and Cheryl Stough (Kelly) and a number of great nieces and nephews. We will love and remember him always.
The family wishes to thank Dr Roy Fleniken and his very compassionate, very capable staff for the excellent care and attention Roddy received during his stay at the War Veteran's Home.
There will be private services with full Military Honors.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home
2201 Airline Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
Published in Shreveport Times on Apr. 25, 2014