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PEKIN ~ Eric Robert Martin, Jr., 85, of Pekin, passed away at 5:25 p.m. Friday, January 11, 2019 at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton.

Born April 23, 1933 in Marks, Mississippi to Eric Robert and Maudie (Crocker) Martin, he married Frances E. Murphy on August 10, 1956 in Pekin.  She died March 5, 2012 in Pekin.  He also was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and six sisters.

Also surviving are two sons, Thomas (Julie) Martin and Kevin (Tracy) Martin, both of Pekin; five grandchildren, Michelle Siegel, Tyler (Cydnee) Martin, Justin Martin, Colton (Elizabeth Phillips) Ginn and Beau (Riley) Ginn; one great-granddaughter, Erica Martin; one sister, Dorothy Jean York of Meridian, Mississippi; and one brother, Maxie “Billy” (Ondra) Martin of Adamsville, Tennessee.

A United States Army veteran, he served from February 1, 1954 to January 18, 1956.  He served in Company A 370th Armored Infantry Battalion in Germany.

Eric was employed at Caterpillar, Inc. for 35 years, retiring in 1990 as an assembler in East Peoria.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working outdoors.  He especially loved working on his land with his 1964 Ford Tractor.

He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Pekin.

His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Pastor Timothy Collard will officiate.Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and also from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, both at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where military rites will be accorded by the United States Army.

The family would like to give thanks for the special care provided by the nurses and staff on the Evergreen Wing at Restmor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 1501 Howard Court, Pekin, IL  61554.

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