William "Bill" John Martin
||CULVER - Willian "Bill" John Martin, 91, of Culver, passed away at Pilgrim Manor on Sept. 12.
Bill was born in Mishawaka on July 4, 1928, the son of Kenneth and Fern (Barrows) Martin. |
He graduated from Mishawaka High School, Class of 1945.
Bill met Mary Ann Burkett in 1948 at the Highway Diner in Mishawaka, where Mary Ann was a waitress. Some friends
that Bill knew told him there was a very pretty girl working at the Diner so he went to check it out. After a few
visits to the Diner, Mary Ann told Bill if he would give her a ride home to Ora, she would get blind dates for him and
his friends. When they got to Ora, Mary Ann has three blind dates for Bill's friends. He asked where his date was and
she said "it's me!" Mary Ann always told us the first time Bill walked into the Diner she told a friend that she was going
to marry that guy.
Bill and Mary Ann were married June 25, 1950, a love that lasted a lifetime and beyond.
Bill and Mary Ann moved their family from Mishawaka to Culver in 1965. Bill built the family home in Mishawaka and the
home in Culver. He was a great carpenter and could fix anything.
He worked for Indiana Bell Telephone Company for 40 years, retiring in 1990.
He was also a Culver Union Township Voluntary Firefighter for 25 years.
He was an active member for many years in the Culver Lions Club and the Culver Eagles.
He also faithfully attended the Mishawaka High School Alumni lunches and the Telephone Pioneers of America breakfasts.
For many years Bill and Mary Ann became part of the American Dream Tour family.
He was an usher for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football teams. He ushered for 41 years and received a lifetime pass
to the Notre Dame Football games upon retirement. He took his daughters, nephews, and grandchildren to many Notre
He moved to farm life in Culver after his retirement and kept an acre garden of vegetables and beautiful flowers.
Bill leaves behind three daughters: Debra Martin, Chicago, Glenda (Larry) Pachniak, Warsaw, and Brenda (Steve) Harper,
Plymouth; two grandchildren: Addison (Adi-Marie) Harper, of Jasper, and Lindsey (Mikey) Pauley, Jonesville, Va.; and four
great-grandchildren: Adeline and William Harper, of Jasper, and Jaylyn and Gannon Pauley, Jonesville, Va.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Mary Ann (Burkett) Martin in 2015; daughter Tina Martin in 1973; his
parents; four brothers: Chester "Al" Martin, Kenneth Martin, Eugene Martin and Richard "Dick" Martin; and one sister:
A time of visitation with the family will be held at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 4 – 7 p.m.
Funeral services will follow on Monday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. with one hour of visitation prior to the service at Odom Funeral
Burial will be in Culver Masonic Cemetery.
Memorial may be given in Bill's name to the Culver Union Township Fire Department.
Condolences may be sent via the obituary page at www. odomfuneralhome. com.
The Odom Funeral Home, Culver, is honored to care for the family.
Published in The Pilot News on Sept. 19, 2019 / Odom Funeral Home Page