Mannie Martin, 98, of rural Rensselaer, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2022 at Franciscan Health Rensselaer. He was born Feb. 10, 1924 in Walker Township, two miles west of his eventual longtime home. His parents were Charles Martin and Helen (Harper) Martin.
He was a 1942 graduate of Wheatfield High School. On Nov. 20, 1946 he married Thelma Jean Huff in Rensselaer, and they were married for 69 years. Mannie was a longtime farmer and enjoyed collecting antique tools and farm equipment. He was a Union carpenter and was a member of Local 1005 of Hammond.
He is survived by four daughters: Belinda Burns of West Lafayette, Helen (Jerry) Luttrell of Rensselaer, Molly (Roger) Chambliss of Mt. Juliet, TN, and Loretta Dillard of Bowling Green, KY; and two sons, Walter Martin of Wheatfield and Jim Martin of Rensselaer. Thirteen grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma; one son, Mannie Martin, Jr.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mannie was generous with his time, helping friends and neighbors whenever he could. His children and grandchildren were beneficiaries of his vast knowledge and experience in many ways. When he was still gardening, everyone shared in the bounty he produced. He leaves a large hole in his family and in his neighborhood.
The family wishes to thank the men of the Wheatfield Ambulance and Fire Dept. who tried to save his life. Also, the fine doctors and nurses of Franciscan Health Rensselaer.
Visitation will be Friday, July 1, 2022 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral at 12 p.m. at Steinke Funeral Home of Rensselaer. Pastor Bill Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Wheatfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity. Steinke Funeral Home is honored to be handling the arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.SteinkeFuneralHome.com.