John C. Martin, Jr.

January 25, 2017

John C. Martin Jr. 91, Frankfort, IN. died January 25th, 2017 in the Indiana Veteran’s Home in West Lafayette, IN. Mr. Martin was born November 29th, 1925 in Frankfort to John C. and Ruth (Knauss) Martin. He married Velma I. Shannon on August 6th, 1949. She preceded him on October 6th, 2002. He then married Dorothy (Schoman) Jackson June 10th, 2007 and she survives. He was a 1944 Frankfort High School Graduate and then was drafted into the United States Army at the young age of 17; PFC John C. Martin Jr. was wounded and captured by the Germans in WWII and became a POW for 3 months. Mr. Martin walked in the Battle of the Bulge and later received a purple heart and many other medals. Later in life, John worked at the Light Plant in his hometown and then at the Frankfort Water Works where he retired in 1991. John was a life member at the VFW, the American Legion, and the Eagles. He was an active member of Faith Family Ministries Church, and later became a member of Frankfort’s Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Memorials may be made in John’s honor to the Frankfort VFW Post 1110, 309 North Main Street, Frankfort with envelopes available at the funeral home.

Visitation and Services

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 along with visiting one hour prior to the service on Sunday from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.  Pastor Ken Thompson will officiate.  Burial will follow services in Green Lawn Memorial Park. 

Survived by:

Surviving, are his three daughters Mrs. Harry (Cheryl) Harshbarger of Lafayette, IN, Mrs. Gordon (Linda) Hibbard, and Mrs. Alan (Joanne) Ostler both of Frankfort, IN, his son John C. “Skip” (Theresa) Martin III of Frankfort, IN, one stepdaughter Debra Pearson of Frankfort, IN, and one stepson Sonny Jackson of Rural Lebanon, IN, his sister Patty Heimbach of Mulberry, IN. He has 7 grandchildren; Mrs. Wendy (John) Coyle, Andrew Harshbarger, Jeffery (Amanda) Harshbarger, Ashlee Moore, Kolton (Callie) Martin, Libby Ostler, Alli Ostler, and 7 great grandchildren; Austin Harshbarger, Taylor Harshbarger, Kaitlyn Harshbarger, Reid Coyle, Gavin Coyle, Madison Harshbarger, and Ben Harshbarger.  Also surviving are 3 Step Grandchildren and 3 Step Great Grandchildren.

Preceded by:

His parents, siblings; Mary Francis Martin, Ruthie Johnson, Tutti Ferguson, Jim, Jack, and Jake Martin preceded him in death.


Leave your Condolences

9 Condolences for “John C. Martin, Jr.”

  1. Butch & Eileen Huffer January 26, 2017 at 6:50 am

    So sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you.

  2. Susie Plunkitt January 26, 2017 at 9:51 am

    So sorry for your loss. Susie Plunkitt

  3. Cyndia Jones January 26, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    So sorry for your loss, what a great guy he was. All the years I worked at the legion, he would come in, so quiet, but a couple of times he said a few words about being a pow and I respected him greatly. My prayers are with you all

  4. Lori Snyder January 26, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Im sure He and my dad are in Heaven talking about a fishing trip. Prayers sent your way

  5. Sam Conner January 27, 2017 at 6:54 am

    So very sorry for your loss.

  6. Teresa Personett January 27, 2017 at 7:18 am

    John was a quiet, kind hearted man with a heart of gold. We will miss you John. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to know such a fine gentleman. Sending prayers your way…..

  7. Sherri Castle Coley January 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    John always kept the yard mowed, trimmed and his home was always kept in sharp shape. As I remember I think he was the one that did all of those things to keep it nice. Lived next door for 18 years.

  8. Linda Gibson Benge January 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Such a nice man….I recall Bible studies with him..such a pure and tender heart. Our love, prayers and hugs to family.

  9. Carolyn Leazenby January 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Johnny will be missed. He was a wonderful man. I spent two years caring and loving this gentle man. He had a wonderful, loving wife Dorothy. Johns eyes would smile whenever she came to visit. I’ll miss that beautiful lady as well. Please stop and visit sweet little lady. God bless Mrs. Martin and the family.

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