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Charles E. Martin

February 10, 2017

Charles “Charlie” Martin, 88, of Silver Lake, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, February 10, 2017.  He was born December 11, 1928, on a farm in Willard, KS, one of ten children of Henry Martin and Edith Burns. He attended Rossville High School.

Charlie worked on the family farm and retired from Goodyear after 37 years.  He was a navy veteran, a member of the American Legion and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, and enjoyed many outdoor activities.  In the early days he coached the girls softball teams, enjoyed fishing, camping and skiing at the lakes. He so enjoyed being with his family, playing cards, and watching grandkids sports.

On August 30, 1951 Charlie married Mary Krasny in Topeka.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include  his sister, Betty Gibson; his four “girls”,  Peggy (Joe) Pistora, Karen (Terry) Hay, Diane (Ron) Martinek and Nancy (Bob) Pfannenstiel; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  He was a devoted husband and father, and excelled at being a grandfather.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at 10:00 A.M. Monday February 13, 2017 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Inurnment will be at a later date in the Prairie Home Cemetery, Topeka.  A visitation will be held at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, 708 Citizen Cir, Rossville, from 3:00 until 6:00 P.M. Sunday, February 12, 2017.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Silver Lake Senior Center or Midland Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.




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17 thoughts on “Charles E. Martin

  1. Thanks so much for all the well-wishes you’ve posted on this site. You were all so special to us and to Mom and Dad. We love you, Dad’s “girls” (Peggy, Karen, Di and Nan)

  2. My deepest condolences for your loss. He and Mary enjoyed a special place with me. My Mom always shared good stories of him and his family.

  3. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a special man and patriarch of an amazing family. Prayers for each of you.

  4. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with your family and being “one of the girls” camping and fishing and 100 other things. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. My thoughts are with you all today.

  5. We are so sorry for the loss you all must fill. Charlie was truly one of a kind and I will miss talking to him at Silver Lake games. He was always so proud of his family and one of the kindest person I have ever met. God bless you Mary and the entire family.

  6. Mary and girls, so sorry for the loss of Charlie. Silver Lake’s loss is Gods gain. Will be remembering your family in our prayers.

  7. So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Martin. He was a very special man but more of a special father , grandfather and husband We are thinking of his special family. Mike&Patti Goehring

  8. Aunt Mary and girls….Uncle Charles was always good to me and my family. I will always remember that contagious smile!! I will pray for you and your family during this time.

  9. So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was a great man with a beautiful family. Cherish the memories during this sad time.

  10. Mary, I’m sorry for your loss. Charlie was a nice man who served the Silver Lake community in so many ways. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Dear Mary..just found out about Charlie. Our prayers/sympathy/hugs are with you & family. Your loved one is at peace & rest! We will come to funeral but are not able to come tomorrow. God Bless
    Carolee & Ellis

  12. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Sharing in your sadness as you remember Charlie. We loved him so very much.

  13. Aunt Mary and girls my thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be smiling down on us with all the love and compassion he had. He will be missed

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