William "Bill" Elton Martin, age 86, of Harrisville, passed away at Grove City Medical Center on September 23, 2016. Bill was born on August 2, 1930 to the late Elton and Eleanor Sterrett Martin. He was a 1948 graduate of Clintonville High School. Bill was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps having served from 1952 to 1954. After his service he worked as a machinist at Cooper Bessemer in Grove City. Bill married his beloved wife, Shirley Osborne Martin, on December 4, 1954, she preceded him in death on December 22, 2006.
Bill loved to garden and do yard work, he was always giving out bags of potatoes. He loved to visit with his neighbors and enjoyed the sense of community in Harrisville. He was a founding member of the Harrisville Community Band and played the trumpet as well as several other instruments. He was a member of Grove City Masonic Lodge #603 and was on the supervisory committee of Grove City Federal Credit Union. Bill was extremely active in his church, Friendship Presbyterian Church, and loved his church family.
Bill is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Sopher and her husband Dennis of Harrisville and Barbara Frankenburg and her husband Dana of Grove City, four grandchildren, Samuel Sopher and his wife Alison of Midland, Melissa Sopher Williams and her husband Joshua of Nanjemoy, MD, Mallory Frankenburg Spiker and her husband Nathan of Erie, and Zachary Frankenburg and his girlfriend Stacey Flack of Grove City, seven great grandchildren, a brother Richard Martin and his wife Judy of Indianapolis, IN, a sister Mary Lou Riddle and her husband Wayne of Grove City, a brother-in-law Ralph Osborne and his wife Ellen of Grove City, and a sister-in-law Jean Davis of Harrisville.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bill was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Meals.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jamison Funeral Home, Inc. 117 N. Main St., Harrisville, where family and friends are welcome form 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm on Sunday, September 25. Additional viewing will be at Friendship Presbyterian Church, 870 Franklin Rd, Slippery Rock, on Monday September 26, from 3 pm until the time of the service at 4 pm with the Reverend Donna Yanosy, pastor of Friendship Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Bill's name to Friendship Presbyterian Church, 870 Franklin Rd, Slippery Rock, or The Independence Fund, PO Box 680370, Charlotte, NC 28216, to help wounded veterans.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.jamisonfuneralhome.com