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Eric Martin Jr.


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Eric Martin Jr. Obituary
Eric Martin Jr.
PEKIN - Eric Robert Martin Jr., 85, of Pekin passed away at 5:25 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.
Born April 23, 1933, in Marks, Miss., to Eric Robert and Maudie (Crocker) Martin, he married Frances E. Murphy on Aug. 10, 1956, in Pekin. She died on March 5, 2012, in Pekin.
He also was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six sisters.
Surviving are two sons, Thomas (Julie) Martin and Kevin (Tracy) Martin, both of Pekin; five grandchildren, Michelle Siegel, Tyler (Cydnee) Martin, Justin Martin, Colton (Elizabeth Phillips) Ginn and Beau (Riley) Ginn; one great-granddaughter, Erica Martin; one sister, Dorothy Jean York of Meridian, Miss.; and one brother, Maxie "Billy" (Ondra) Martin of Adamsville, Tenn.
A United States Army veteran, he served from Feb. 1, 1954 to Jan. 18, 1956. He served in Company A 370th Armored Infantry Battalion in Germany.
Eric was employed at Caterpillar, Inc. for 35 years, retiring in 1990 as an assembler in East Peoria.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working outdoors. He especially loved working on his land with his 1964 Ford Tractor.
He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Pekin.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Pastor Timothy Collard will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, and also from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at the funeral home. Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Army.
The family would like to give thanks for the special care provided by the nurses and staff on the Evergreen Wing at Restmor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1501 Howard Court, Pekin, IL 61554.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star from Jan. 12 to Jan. 14, 2019
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