Wayne Martin, Jr.

Born: Tue., Apr. 12, 1932
Died: Sat., Apr. 20, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 26, 2013
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 27, 2013
Location: Bridge Street Church of Christ

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Apr. 27, 2013
Location: Bridge Street Church of Christ

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Wayne Martin, Jr., 81, peacefully passed from this life at his Chillicothe residence on Saturday, April 20, 2013.  He was born to Edith (Richardson) and Wayne Martin, Sr. in Greenup County, Kentucky on April 12, 1932.  Wayne was a member and Trustee of the Bridge Street Church of Christ.  He received his real estate license in 1977, his broker’s license in 1983 and his appraisal certification in 1984.  In 1989 he founded ERA Martin and Associates Realty, Appraisal and Brokerage Company in Chillicothe.  Wayne continued to be actively involved in the company as well as being a real estate course instructor until his death.

Wayne was a graduate of Marshall High School in 1951.  Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for 4 years as a Medic during the Korean War.  After his return to the United States, Wayne married Wilma Jean (McKenzie) Martin. He graduated from Wilmington College with a Bachelor Degree in English and completed graduate work at the University of Iowa.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Edith and Wayne Martin, Sr.; his wives, Wilma Martin and Janet (Richards) Martin; a brother, William Martin and a grandson, John Lewis Roush.

He is survived by his sister, Eloise Yochum Moran and his brother, Dale (Kim) Martin, both of Hillsboro; a daughter, Sheryl Martin-Smith (Bob) of Vickery, a son, John Martin (Phil Varasso), Columbus, a daughter, Jaquelyn Steritz (James), Lake Village, Arkansas, a daughter, Michelle Roush (Vinton), Fairfield, a son, T.J. (Mia) Martin, Lancaster, step-sons, Greg (Jana) Cenci, Rob (Page) Cenci and Mark (Anna) Cenci, all of Chillicothe and a step-daughter, Lori (John) Heimbecher, Troy, Michigan.  Also surviving are 22 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 27, 2013 in the Bridge Street Church of Christ, 147 N. Bridge Street, Chillicothe, Ohio with Glenn Anderson, Pastor officiating.  Private military graveside services will be in Hillsboro Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Bridge Street Church of Christ on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am until the hour of service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bridge Street Church of Christ.  The FAWCETT OLIVER GLASS AND PALMER FUNERAL HOME is serving the family.

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Jeannette Hayburn and family
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
Can't do this without crying... Tears of sadness for the loss of a friend who would drop anything to help someone in need. I was one of those people 25 years ago.... Tears of happiness for our friend who is now with our Lord . We will meet again my christian brother and friend... ALL OUR LOVE TO HIS FAMILY

Sherrie Preston
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
My heart and sympathy goes out to all of Wayne's family, friends, and employees. He was a kind and thoughtful man who was always willing to help a friend in need. May you find comfort in knowing he is with his Lord and others he loved so very much. We will all miss him but will see him again someday. Cherish the fond memories and celebrate his life.

Jim and Judy Speakman
   Posted Tue April 23, 2013
I worked with Wayne as one of his Realtors for almost 15 years. I said from the beginning that I would never work for another company. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Wayne. He was an honest and good man. Jim and I will both miss him All our prayers to Jane, Mark, Greg, Rob and the family

Amanda Brito
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
All my love goes out to my family listed here. I hope you all find peace amid your grief. Wish I could come support you.

gary dean
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
What a guy Wayne was. His smile, his way of working throught situations, his being so sincere to help people out. He was a pretty great person. For a time period Wayne was just like my dad was to me, very kind and interested. I will always remember those days. To his family I say that I am very sorry for your loss.

Marsha (Carter) Stewart
   Posted Wed April 24, 2013
My heart breaks to hear of Wayne's passing. He was my mentor for so many years and taught me so much, not just in the field of real estate, but about life. He was always quick to help someone in need. Once I was with him when this gentleman who was obviously down on his luck came up to Wayne with some sad story, without thinking twice he handed the man a $20 bill. I asked Wayne why he did that when he knew it wouldn't make a difference, he told me that it may not make a difference to that man, but that you never know whose life you would make a difference in and that sometimes you may end up helping a few that didn't really need it to be sure you reached the ones that did. Wayne truly made a difference in my life and for that I am grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with Wayne's family.

Sue Boatman
   Posted Fri April 26, 2013
Dear family, I'm so sorry hear of your loss. I'm sure Wayne will be greatly missed. I hope your many happy memories will help you through this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sue

Rod Siddons
   Posted Tue April 30, 2013
Wayne will be missed in the real estate business community of Ross County and as a mentor to many young people over the years.

Steve Hummel
   Posted Fri May 17, 2013
Wayne was a stalwart pillar of the real estate business & the Ross County community. He & I started in the business at a similar time & in similar ways. Our relationship was professional & personal. The expanse of his business reach was far greater than anyone I know. Wayne is one of those that you could always call & know that he would respond in high fashion when you said, "Say, I could use a little help on this -- what do you think?" He was the only other Ross County Realtor in the audience in Columbus on a special day in 1985. I'll never forget his role in that event. My very best to all his family & associates.

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