Charles Eugene “Gene” Martin 1935~2020
Charles Eugene “Gene” Martin of Fir Spring Drive and formerly of East Fifth Street, both of Waynesboro PA, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 14, 2020, in his home.
Born August 15, 1935 in Creagerstown, Maryland, he was the son of the late Ray Lamar Martin and Ruth Savilla (Kolb) Martin. He lived his early life in Creagerstown, MD.
He and his wife of 64 years, Betty Jane (Bumbaugh) Martin were married on August 19, 1956 in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Creagerstown, MD. They moved to Fir Spring Drive in December of 2014.
He graduated from Thurmont High School (THS) in 1953.
In his early life, Gene was involved in farming his parent’s farm in Creagerstown, MD.
He was an active member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) while in high school. Gene was elected Maryland State 1st Vice President 1955-1956 and Awarded the American Farmers Degree. This award was given to an outstanding Future Farmers of America student, who after high school has proven his ability as an outstanding farmer in his own right. He was the first THS graduate to receive this award.
In his youth he was also very active in the Creagerstown 4H and its basketball team. He also coached the Elks Little League baseball team when his son (Brian) was a member.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1958 spending 18 months of that time as a Senior Offset Pressman at the U.S. Army Publications and Training Aids Center, in Hoechst, Germany. The mission of this unit was printing and distributing military publications to the armed forces in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East with highly classified material. He returned to the states April 3, 1960 and after fulfilling his reserve status was honorably discharged March 31, 1964.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman who was so proud when he could be with his son and grandsons sharing the adventure of the outdoors. For years he enjoyed boating on the Potomac River and spending every weekend at the family cabin with his wife and children. Family meant everything to him.
He was employed by Doubleday and Company in Smithsburg MD and for a short time, Mack Truck in Hagerstown, MD.
He retired after thirty-three years of service in 1995 from James River Corp., Chambersburg, PA as a pressroom supervisor.
He and his wife owned and managed several apartments near their previous residence on East 5th St. He was a jack of all trades who could fix or repair just about anything.
He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Creagerstown, MD; Life member of The Potomac Fish and Game Club, Williamsport, MD., Sr member Waynesboro Fish and Game; Sr member of The Adams County Fish & Game Assoc; Sr member of the Piney Mountain Sportsmen’s Assoc., Inc.; And Grace Property, Inc.; National Rifle Assoc.; National AARP; Antietam Humane Society, Waynesboro and the Parkinson’s Support Group, Hagerstown, MD.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Brian Eugene Martin and his wife, Karen of Hagerstown, MD, and Jane Elizabeth Robinson and her husband Robert of Mont Alto, PA. Four grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Martin and Hunter Jacob Martin of Hagerstown, MD; Brandon Eugene Robinson and his wife Chelsey of Chambersburg, PA; Ryan Jack Robinson and his fiancée Marissa Murphy of Waynesboro, PA; one sister, Theresa Lee Lawyer of Walbash, IN; one brother Ray Lamar Martin. Jr., of Rocky Ridge, MD; one aunt, Phyllis Kolb of Frederick, MD and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Charles and Nettie (Ramsburg) Kolb, and parental grandparents Herbert and Annie Martin
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, October 19, 2020 in Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 South Broad Street, Waynesboro, PA with Pastor Wayne Blaser presiding.
Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post #1599, Chambersburg.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Antietam Humane Society, 8513 Lyons Road, Waynesboro, PA 17268.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to SpiriTrust Hospice and Home Care and other homecare providers for their loving care and assistance.
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