John F. Martin Jr.

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John F. Martin Jr., 86, of Country Meadows, Allentown, formerly of Carmel, Ind., died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Alice M. (Masterson) Martin. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John F. and Gertrude R. (Quinn) Martin. He was a 1940 graduate of Northeast Catholic High School and a 1949 graduate of Villanova University. During World War II, John served as a B-17 bomber pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. He flew 54 missions, including two missions on D-Day. He was a member of the 487th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He received numerous service decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. John retired as district manager for Kraft Foods Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., in 1983 after 37 years of service. He was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Allentown, and its PrimeTime Group. He was a former member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Carmel, and a former member of its PrimeTime Group. He was a founding member of the Golden K Kiwanis Group, Carmel. Survivors: Wife; sons, John F. Martin III and his wife Mary of Acton, Mass., James J. Martin and his wife Debbie of Plano, Texas, Joseph B. Martin and his wife Cindy of Grafton, Wis., Robert J. and his wife Deb of Allentown; daughters, Denise Martin Hobbie, wife of C. Andrew Hobbie of Allentown, Pepper Martin Peale, wife of Cliff Peale of Covington, Ky.; brother, Joseph Martin and his wife Nancy of Fairfax, Va.; sisters, Betty McGovern of Gwynedd, Gertrude, wife of Tom Cusack of Philadelphia; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews. Services: Funeral Mass, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown. Call 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday in the church. Interment is private. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402. (912) 748-8888. www.mightyeighth.org.

Published in Morning Call from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2008