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Robert James Martin

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Robert James Martin, 87, was born in Manchester, Conn., on June 6, 1923, and passed away in Midland, Texas, on Friday, March 11, 2011.
Robert was the third of 10 children born to Thomas and Mary Martin. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1943 and served as a bombardier in World War II. Shot down over Italy, he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1963, and moved with his family to Alamogordo in 1965. He flew fixed wing aircraft and helicopters for the Army at White Sands Missile Range for approximately 18 years. His aviation career spanned over 39 years and he accumulated approximately 12,000 pilot hours.
He was active in the Alamogordo community in a variety of capacities over the years, including Little Theater, Alamogordo Players Workshop and Alamogordo Music Theatre. He volunteered at the Alamo Senior Center, New Mexico School for the Visually Handicapped and Gerald Champion Memorial Hospital. He also anchored a radio program on KPSA radio, and a daily news program on local TV.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Lucille; his daughter Robin; a sister, Betty Murray; and three brothers, John, Edward and Richard.
Survivors include his son Joel; daughter-in-law Dea; and grandchildren Kyle, Jill and Brent, of Midland. He is also survived by three sisters, Susanna Tetlow, Mary Ann Ferguson and Theresa and her husband, Rob Schaller; two brothers, Thomas and his wife, Clair, and James and his wife, Jean; and a sister-in-law, Betty Martin.
A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Monte Vista Cemetery in Alamogordo, with Father Tom Arrowsmith-Lowe of St. John's Episcopal Church officiating.
Friends may gather at Alamogordo Funeral Home after the graveside service.
The Martin family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 27 to Apr. 27, 2011
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