METAMORA – Harvey E. Martin, 84, died at 2:55 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke.
He was born Dec. 6, 1934, in Metamora, the son of Andrew and Martha Gudeman Martin. He married Sharon Meiss on Aug. 7, 1960. She survives.
Other survivors include three sons, Darren Martin, East Peoria, Chad (Brenda) Martin, Roanoke and Andrew (Emily) Martin, Metamora; three daughters, Gina Martin, Peoria, Lisa (Scott) Friederich, Germantown Hills and Dawn (Dan) Boles, Peoria Heights; 14 grandchildren and three sisters, Helen Wiegand and Verna Hartter, both of Eureka, and Loretta Rumbold, Princeville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Mabel Belsley and Thelma Martin, three brothers, Lewis Martin, Lester Martin and Nelson Martin, and one granddaughter, Brianna Boles.
Harvey served in the Army from 1957 to 1959 and was stationed in France. After his service, he farmed in the Metamora area all of his life and also owned/operated Martin Sign Service & Autobody, rural Metamora, which he started in 1959 and ran before he retired in 2016. Harvey turned over the business over to the next generation. He was a member the Washington AC Church, Washington. Harvey never knew a stranger and enjoyed visiting with friends and family. He was a devoted man of faith who loved his church family and especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Harvey had a passion for collecting antique cars, as he also owned/operated the Martin Antique Auto Museum for many years.
Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the church with ministers of the church officiating. Visitation will take place Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, and Monday morning from 9 to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the AC Home in either Eureka or Roanoke.