Martin Louis Straney, 86, formerly of Hardin County, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, at Rich-mond Place in Lexington.
As a longtime resident of Hardin County, Louis was very active in his community as a farmer, business owner, real estate developer and state representative.
Martin Louis was the son of Arthur G. Straney and Hassie (Stivers) Straney and was born at Stithton, present day Fort Knox. He was stationed at Fort McClellan in Alabama with the 1463rd Area Service Unit of the U.S. Army during World War II
. His mili-tary decorations included Battalion Marksman, the Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and American Theatre Ribbon. After proudly serving his country, Martin Louis returned to Hardin County and started his business career. He and his father owned Hillview Farm and developed Twin Oaks subdivision in Radcliff. In 1966, he was elected as the first representative to the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 26th District. After relocating his home to Elizabethtown, Martin Louis and his son started Bluegrass Lawn and Garden Center. He was a member of the Vine Grove Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Kosair Shriners.
He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Arthur G. Straney Jr.
Survivors include his loving wife of 68 years, Mary Bernice (Leonard) Straney; two children, Debbie Leonard of Georgetown and Louis Lee Straney of Santa Fe, N.M.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service with military honors is at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Hardin Memorial Park in Elizabethtown.
The family requests that all expressions of sympa-thy take the form of contributions to the
, Lymphoma Society or Hospice.