Harvey E. Martin Sr.

January 1, 2024

Harvey E. Martin Sr., 95, of rural Frankfort, died January 1, 2024 at home.  He was born July 7, 1928 in Lafayette, Ind. to John E. & Claudine C. (Rickey) Martin.  He was formerly married to Martha Viola.  He married Rosie VanCourt on December 15, 1979 in Antioch and she survives.

Harvey attended Lafayette Schools and was a lifelong Clinton County resident. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1947-1948.  He worked for Schied Olds & Cadillac in Frankfort doing paint and body work on vehicles.  He then owned Harvey’s Body Shop, retiring at 90 years of age.  Harvey was a member of the Kirklin Assembly of God and a former member of the Frankfort Eagles Lodge.  He enjoyed country music and Gospel Shows, enjoyed playing music, including bass, fiddle and harmonica and played bass in the Praise Band at the Kirklin Assembly of God.  Harvey loved spending time with all 63 grandchildren.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 8th at the funeral home. Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Kirklin Assembly of God.

Survived by:

Wife: Rosie Martin of rural Frankfort, Daughters: Linda (Gilbert) Hendrickson of Frankfort, Jody (Harley) Babb of Frankfort, Terri (Rick) Dean of Frankfort, Kim Ashlock of Michigantown, Son: Harvey “Sonny” (Dawn) Martin Jr. of Frankfort, Step-Daughters: Sandy (Ron) Mitchell of Frankfort, Marda (Don) Hale of Frankfort, Step-Sons: Donald VanCourt of Lafayette, Brian VanCourt of Florida, and 63 Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren and Great-Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

his parents, 3 brothers, 1 sister, step-daughter, Scherri O’Connor, granddaughter, Andrea Babb, grandson, Gilbert “Gibby” Hendrickson and great-grandson, Jadyn Roberts.


Leave your Condolences

20 Condolences for “Harvey E. Martin Sr.”

  1. Traci Lynn January 1, 2024 at 4:00 pm

    I’ll miss you papa! You are the best grandpa I remember you taking me in the car and driving fast over the hills, so are belly’s were in our throat! We would laugh and laugh. Watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. The animals in Antioch. Climbing trees in the yard. Was always fun being with papa. Being at the body shop and him pumping me high on the car jack. I always felt like I was in the sky! Always gave me money for the pop machine. Winding the Pepsi bottles thru the maze. I’ll sure miss ya papa, I’m sure you’re doing great in heaven. Gibby and Gilbert and grandma sure be a waiting. I’ll see you again.

  2. Rick January 1, 2024 at 4:41 pm

    When I grow up I want too be just like him, miss you dad.

  3. Bruce Thompson January 1, 2024 at 6:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. My dad, “Chink” Thompson, and I worked with Harvey at Scheids. He taught me a lot and was a great man and an extremely hard worker. He and my Dad can now tell stories together in Heaven.
    Sincerely, Bruce Thompson

  4. Wanda Kercheval January 1, 2024 at 8:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss, I loved Harvey ,met him when I worked at Walmart, nicest man. Friendly and with a smile. I will miss seeing him.

  5. Nancy (Davis) Crum January 1, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    Rosie, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family in the difficult days to come. My Mom, Mary K. Davis, always spoke so highly of you two. I know he will be dearly missed by many. Sending much love.

  6. Traci Martin January 2, 2024 at 7:39 am

    I’ll miss you grandpa. I’m sure so many people will be there in heaven to greet you. I have so many memories with you. Being in Antioch and all the animals. Teaching me how to hypnotize a chicken. Teaching me about pigs and cows. Watching that rooster chase Gilbert! Riding in your car going fast over the hills making our stomachs rise! Taking me and Marda to kings island so many times. Seeing all the country music, I love you papa.

  7. Alberta Irby January 2, 2024 at 10:07 am

    So sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. Heavens gain but know your hearts are heavy.

  8. Priscilla Worth January 2, 2024 at 10:18 am

    So so sorry for your loss, many hugs and prayers to all the family..love you all, Kim if you need anything let us know…

  9. Your daughter January 2, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Daddy, truly don’t know how I will get through life without you. Only by the grace of God. You were the best at everything you ever did. Taught me so much in life. You will be missed every day!! I’m so thankful that you have served the lord with all your heart! It gives me a little peace to know that you are in heaven, and your body is whole again, Thank you Jesus!!! I’m so proud to be your daughter and so glad you loved all of us kids unconditional!! I’m so sorry for the times that I disappointed you, but you always just let in slide. I love you with all that is in me! Till we meet again!! You will always be in my heart!!!

  10. Rick & Tanny Irwin January 2, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    So sorry to hear of Harvey’s passing. I worked with Harvey for many years at Scheids. I will always remember the times we had working together. I learned a lot from Harvey about hard work and life in general. You will truly be missed. Rest in peace Harvey. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  11. Harvey Jr January 2, 2024 at 11:00 pm

    These last 3 years with you have been life changing and I consider it a privilege to have be able to care for you. I am a better man because of you, Dad. The things you taught me, your work ethic and wisdom are all traits I hope I possess. Word can’t express how much I miss you already. We will meet again soon, I’ll bring the peanuts, popsicles and vanilla Pepsi as we sit out by God golden streets and talk.

    I love you Dad!

    • Bill Andres January 5, 2024 at 12:41 pm

      Jill and I are praying for and your family. We are snowbirds this year. We are in Sarasota already. God bless and let’s meet for lunch sometime in the spring.

  12. Joyce A Weida January 4, 2024 at 3:39 pm

    Terri and Kim and all the family, I’m so very sorry for your loss. God be with you all as you navigate your lives without him. Praying for you all!

  13. Amy Malicoat January 4, 2024 at 6:39 pm

    We owned the Frankfort Cleaners and Harvey was one of our favorite customers. He would always gasp at the price but with a smile on his face. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed by many. Many prayers to Rosie and the family. Tom and Amy Malicoat

  14. Phyllis Vickers January 4, 2024 at 8:03 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. Phyllis, Penny, Suzi & Ruthie

  15. Cleve and Diane Bishop January 6, 2024 at 8:30 am

    Rosie, Cleve and I send love and prayers for you and your family. What we loved about Harvey most was his great faith. When he had to go to the doctor he would say pray for a good report and come back with a smile on his face and say God did it again he gave me a good report Praise the Lord. His kind and gentle spirit was a light to all the one who knew him. May Gods love and comfort be with you in the coming weeks.
    Cleve and Diane Bishop

  16. Robert Morrisett January 6, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    Very sorry for your loss and Harvey will be greatly missed but we will get to see him again soon.

  17. Jody Babb January 7, 2024 at 11:35 am

    Thankful grateful blessed!

    Until we meet again

  18. Kim Ashlock January 8, 2024 at 2:05 am

    Daddy, a man who touched our lives in such a great way. Many beautiful memories of the dad & grandpa you were to my family. You will be missed but never forgotten. The traits you taught us along the way will show others through us. No greater man than you in our eyes. You were our hero. Love we shared will help us along the way, Rest in peace Kimmie & family

  19. Jamie January 8, 2024 at 9:13 am

    Grandpa, I want to say you will always be a hero to me. You have taught me many things throughout life. I wish I had gotten to spend more time with you but life catches us. Playing music with you at your 90th birthday will always go down as one of the best days of my life. Today I will be playing a song I’m going to need your help!! This will be one of the hardest days I’ve had to face. Don’t worry all of us will carry you to your resting place. It was my honor to be part of your funeral. With all my love, Jamie

Please fill out this form to contact the staff of Goodwin Funeral Home. We will respond to your message as soon as possible.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Family Information Guide

Goodwin Funeral Home obituaries are created from information contained in the Family Information Guide.

The Family Information Guide is a no-cost service provided by Goodwin Funeral Home for families and individuals who wish to record their personal information during the funeral preplanning process.

Begin your Family Information Guide today. Learn more about preparing yourself and loved ones for difficult and emotional decisions in the future.

Start my Family Information Guide

Funeral Arrangement Planner

Begin planning a funeral with our simple funeral arrangement planner.

The funeral arrangement planner was created to help guide you through the basic steps of planning a funeral. You may send your funeral plans to our office with any questions you may have about the funeral planning process.

Funeral Arrangement Planner