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Ray Martin

January 9, 1933 - June 3, 2016

Burial Date: June 10, 2016

Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Lawson

Cemetery Lawson Cemetery

Church Lawson Church of Christ

  • Visitation: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 5-7pm, at Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Lawson.
  • Funeral: Friday, June 10, 2016, 11am, at Lawson Church of Christ.
  • Burial: Lawson Cemetery following the service.

Howard Ray Martin, 83, of Lawson, MO, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 5-7pm at Hidden Valley Funeral Home of Lawson, 412 N Raum St, Lawson, MO. The funeral will be held 11:00 am on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Lawson Church of Christ, 7786 US-69, Lawson, MO. Burial will be in Lawson Cemetery, Lawson, MO, on Friday, June 10, 2016, following the service.

Mr. Martin was born January 9, 1933, in Mt Judea, AR. He is the son of the late George Odle and the late Lucy Robinson (Cook) Martin. He married Mary Caroline Dodson on June 30, 1951, with whom he had three daughters.

Ray was a life-long employee of TWA, working as a Lead Mechanic until his retirement in 1992. His career in the airline industry was very fitting; Ray loved travelling and owned 2 personal planes that he loved to fly. He was also a Rancher and a Farmer.

Mr. Martin was a dedicated community leader, helping to establish the Lawson Fire and Ambulance District. He was a past Board Member including President of this board for many years. Ray was an Elder and Member of the Lawson Church of Christ, where he also preached on occasion.

In addition to his parents, Ray was predeceased by his grandson, Christopher Simmons in 1996.

He is survived by his wife: Mary Caroline (Dodson) Martin and three daughters: Barbara Lou Neal of Kearney, MO, Dianna Lynn Simmons of Waukomis, OK, and Tina Annette McKown of Southern MO; and one sister: Patricia Colleen Tennision of Bass, AR. He was the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren: Stacey Neal, Steven Neal, Robin Brancato, Brian Simmons, Megan Leake, Jessica Hull, and Jamie McKown; 11 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandsons.

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