Richard E. "Dick" Martin

Richard "Dick" E. Martin, 86, passed away at home recently with his beloved family surrounding him.

Born in Wilkes-Barre in 1926 to parents John and Amelia Martin, he lived in Cherry Hill since 1970.

Dick served as a radioman in the U.S. Navy during the World War II Pacific campaign aboard USS Flint CL-97. After his naval service he received a bachelor of science in finance from Wilkes College in 1950. He worked for GMAC for 36 years, prior to his retirement in 1988. He was a 32nd Degree Freemason and a member of the Irem Temple Shriners for more than 50 years and was also active in supporting his children's and grandchildren's sports and scouting activities.

Skeeter enjoyed playing cards and was a master at bridge, pinochle and blackout. He loved the water and spent many years of his life fishing, swimming and boating with family and friends at the lakes of Pennsylvania and New York as well as the Jersey shore. He was a longtime and active member of the congregation of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Marlton, N.J.

He is survived by his former wife and best friend, Joan Martin, Cherry Hill; beloved sister, Lois Senseman, Eagle Rock, Mo.; brother, Robert Martin, and wife Linda, Wall Township, N.J.; daughter, Debra Bernier, and husband John, Strafford, Pa.; son Scott Martin and wife Debbie, West River, Md.; and son Rick Martin and life partner Barbara, Raleigh, N.C. In addition, he was a loving and adored "Pop Pop" to nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A celebration of Dick's life will be held on April 13 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 61 E. Route 70, Marlton, N.J. Friends and family may arrive for visitation at 9:30 a.m. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with a reception in the church hall after the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to be made to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church.

Published in Times Leader on Apr. 8, 2013