|Birth: ||Apr. 8, 1922|
|Death: ||Jun. 26, 2011|
Albert Luevano Martin of Scottsbluff, formerly of Chadron, died June 26 in Scottsbluff after a brief illness . He was 89.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chadron with Father Tim Stoner officiating. Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery. A Rosary will be held Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m at St. Patrick's.
Albert (Al) was born April 8, 1922 to Jose Luevano and Cecilia Montoya Luevano in Topeka, Kan. When he was six years old, the family moved to Whitney, and began work in the sugar beet fields. As a child and teenager, he worked from dawn to dusk in the fields. He often said that, even on the worst days, the song of the meadowlark would lift his spirits.
At19, he traveled to Kansas City to seek employment, which he found. He also met Natalie Porras, whom he married in January, 1942. Shortly thereafter he was inducted into the Army, and served in the South Pacifica as an anti-aircraft gunner. He earned an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Bronze Star. He was injured in Bougainville, and honorably discharged in 1944.
The GI Bill enabled him to pursue the tailoring trade. He also helped his father-in-law with the delivery of coal and ice.
Al later got a job with the Rock Island Railroad in Kansas City. He apprenticed as a carman and became a Certified Master Welder. In 1956, he and his family moved to Chadron where he worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as an inspector, master welder, and painter until he retired. After retirement, he became a truck farmer on five acres east of Chadron.
He took pleasure in the great outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, socializing, and dancing.
Al fought for workers rights as a Union Griever (AFLCIO) for 17 years. He was also an advocate for veterans rights. He served as a leader in veterans organizations: Commander of the local, and district, American Legion; Commander of the Disabled American Veterans post ; and Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post. He was a member of the Legion Color Guard, and Firing Squad; and called cadence with pride.
Al was a member of St. Patrick's Church. He loved to sing aloud, at church, at home, and whenever the spirit moved him.
Survivors include: his daughters, Marlena Richardson of Boston, Mass., Elizabeth (Betty) Sanchez of Chadron, and Mary King of San Diego, Calif.; sisters, Mary (John) Cisneros and Bernice Camacho of Chadron, Sophia Chapa, of Nash, Texas; brother, Angelo (Delphina) Martin of Alliance.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Natalie, and daughter, Theresa Anne.
A memorial has been established for the American Legion post, or to the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, both of Chadron. Donations may be sent to First National Bank of Chadron, P.O. Box 1351, Chadron, NE 69337.
Chamberlain Chapel of Chadron is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Natalie Porras Martin (1918 - 2000)*
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Originally Created by: David Goltry
Record added: Jun 28, 2011
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