Kent Raymond Martin, 73, of Quincy, formerly of Kahoka, Mo., died peacefully on Thursday (April 17, 2014) in his home surrounded by his family.
Kent was born July 21, 1940, in Keokuk, Iowa, a son of Ray J. and Thelma Weed Martin.
He was a 1958 graduate of Kahoka High School and attended Culver-Stockton College and Kirksville State Teachers College.
On Dec. 19, 1964, he was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Bastert at the Union Methodist Church in Quincy. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this coming December. They were blessed in this union with two children whom they cherished deeply.
Kent and Marilyn sold General Electric appliances and Buick and GMC vehicles until 1974 when they opened Ken-Mar Realty in Kahoka, which was an icon in Kahoka for many years until closing its doors in December of 2013 due to his failing health. Kent was a well-respected real estate appraiser for several years. At the height of the building industry, Kent became the owner of Big Tree Transplanting, providing beautiful landscaping to homes, many in the St. Louis area. He sold this business in 2012. Kent was currently a licensed agent/broker for McAfee Real Estate, L.L.C. and a state certified appraiser.
Kent was a member of The Crossing in Quincy and a former member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka. Former memberships included the Kiwanis, Clark County Fair Board, St. Paul Church Consistory, and Clark County School Board. He was a current member of the Quincy Elks Lodge
and Missouri Realtors.
Kent loved people. He had friends from all walks of life and cherished each and every one of them. Marilyn was the love of his life, and he cherished her with everything he had. He was a devoted father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren and loved when he could attend their functions. He had found a wonderful "family" in his fellowship with The Crossing in Quincy.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Marilyn, of Quincy; a daughter, Krista Gray of Quincy; daughter-in-law, Linda Martin-Volner and her husband, Rick, of Jefferson City, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Jessica Martin and Ryan (Amber) Martin of Nashville, Tenn., Brandon Martin of Cape Girardeau, Mo., Tyler and Karissa Martin of Jefferson City, and Erika and Chance Gray of Quincy; a sister, Joyce (Mrs. Ron) Ferguson of Springfield, Mo.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Dee Bastert of Coatsburg, and Dorothy and Harold Zopf of Quincy; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his precious son, Kevin, and his parents.
SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday in The Crossing, 48th and Maine St. Officiating will be Pastor Brian Byquist with eulogist Ronald Ferguson. Burial will follow in the Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.
VISITATION: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, with family present 6-8 p.m., in the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday in the church.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Clark County Local Cancer Fund or the Quincy High School Music Department.
ARRANGEMENTS: Wilson Funeral Home.