Leonard J. Martin
1930 — 2016
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016, for Leonard J. Martin, 86.
Services will be at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus, NE.
Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 01, 2016, at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church.
Visitation continues Thursday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. also at the Church Burial will be at All Saints Cemetery. Military Honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard.
Leonard died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Brookestone Acres in Columbus.
Leonard was born April 14, 1930 on a farm near Elgin, Nebraska, to Patrick and Bernadine (Vollmer) Martin. He attended Star rural school in Antelope County and graduated from Elgin High School in 1947. He helped on the family farm after high school before enlisting in the Air Force in 1951. Leonard was part of the 90th Bomb Squadron (Pair-O- Dice) during the Korean War and was discharged in 1955. He met the love of his life after the war and married Virginia Potter on August 12th, 1957 in Petersburg, Nebraska. To this union six children were born and loved.
Leonard and family moved to Columbus in 1961 where he spent 34 years working for Dale/Vishay. After retirement, Leonard and Virginia enjoyed traveling and vacationed to numerous countries and cities with friends and family. He never missed the daily 10:00 coffee stop for cards and conversation.
Throughout his life, he took pleasure in coaching his children’s sport teams, attending all and any activity of his grandchildren, golfing with great friends, and following the Shamrocks, Huskers, Bluejays and the Fighting Irish.
He was involved with the Scotus Shamrock Club both during and after his children’s high school years and was a very active member of St. Bonaventure church serving as an usher, mass server, EMHC, member of the Parish Council, Finance Board, Perpetual Adoration, and Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of Sertoma for many years, serving as a past board member and putting out flags for holidays.
Growing up, Leonard had a reputation of being the nicest guy in town and this persona resonated throughout his life. He will forever be missed by his wife of 58 years, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, two sisters and numerous friends.
He is survived by Wife: Virginia Martin of Columbus, NE; Son: Dan (Cathy) Martin of Omaha, NE; Granddaughters: Dr. Samantha (Tad) Beckman, Sara (Steve) Cho, Angie Martin and Micheala Martin; Daughter: Kim (Mark) Iossi of Omaha, NE; Grandsons: Luke Iossi and Nick Iossi; Daughter: Karen (Steve) Euteneuer of Columbus, NE; Grandsons: Dr. Joshua (Shannon) Euteneuer, Joe Euteneuer, Jake (Jamie) Euteneuer, James Euteneuer; Daughter: Kris (Mark) Macumber of Elkhorn, NE; Grandsons: Blake Macumber and Logan Macumber; Daughter: Kelli (Allison) Martin of Bennington, NE; 10 Great Grandchildren: Henry and Izzy Beckman, Noah and Delaney Cho, Oliver and Peter Euteneuer, Jackson, Teddy, Sophia and Ellie Euteneuer; Sister: JoAnn Dinslage of Elgin, NE; Sister: Frances Theis of Salem, OR; Sister-in-law: Rose Martin of Chili, WI; lots of Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by Parents: Patrick and Bernadine Martin; Infant Daughter: Mary Bernadine Martin; Brother: Robert Martin; Sisters and Brothers-in-law: Patricia (Dale) Watkins, Lucy (Andy) Barton, Marian (Richard) LaMar, Bernadine McNeil Smith, Don McNeil and Brian Smith; Brothers-in-law: Lyle Dinslage and Dick Theis.
Memorials may be directed to St. Bonaventure Church or Scotus Central Catholic High School. Condolences may be left at www.mckownfuneralhome.com
Leonard J. Martin