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 Robert Doring Martin

Robert Doring Martin

Birth
Darlington, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 21 Oct 2013 (aged 86)
Darlington, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Darlington, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 161001928 · View Source
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DARLINGTON - On Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, Robert Doring Martin, peacefully passed away in the comfort of his Darlington home.

Robert entered this world on March 4, 1927, in his family's home on Catherine Street in Darlington, where he was raised and graduated as valedictorian of his high school class. Immediately thereafter, Robert entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort McClellan, Ala., until being discharged from the Infantry as Tech Sergeant in November 1946. Upon his return, Robert attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in three years and graduating in January 1950. Immediately thereafter, Robert accepted a position with Ford Motor Company, which ultimately spanned thirty three years, eight locations, and executive positions that included District Sales Manager, National Truck Sales Manager, and an appointment to the Ford Operating Committee.

In that short span of time between his graduation from UW and before starting with Ford in Des Moines, Iowa, Robert wed his high school sweetheart Rita McGowan on Aug. 19, 1950, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington. In the decades that followed, Robert and Rita raised four children. Robert retired from Ford in 1983, but returned to work first as a General Manager of a Ford-BMW dealership in Omaha, Nebraska for several years. After a four year retirement in Scottsdale, Arizona Robert and Rita returned to their beloved Darlington in 1989, where Robert joined the Citizens National Bank where he served for nine years. Upon his "second retirement," Robert and Rita enjoyed golf, friends, and family both locally and in Arizona for a period of years.

Having completed his cycle of life here on earth, Robert will be remembered as a gentleman and a man of solid integrity. His faith was unwavering. He was a leader and exhibited loyalty in both his personal and professional life. Although his body began to fail in later years, his mind remained sharp.

His wit and wisdom will be dearly missed, but he leaves a legacy of which he was very proud: his devoted wife, Rita; son, Robert (Nancy) Martin of Scottsdale, Ariz., son, Richard (Toni) Martin of Great Falls, Mont., daughter, Nancy (Tom) Cook of New Orleans, La., and Melissa (Chip) Clark of Carmel, Ind.; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. May Robert rest in peace. He was preceded by his father and mother, George and Luella Martin, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bernard and Bernice McGowan; and a grandson, George Bernard Martin.

A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH in Darlington, with Father John Bosco Pudhota officiating. Interment with full military honors will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery. A visitation will take place from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at the STEIL CAMACHO FUNERAL HOME, 206 E. Harriet St., Darlington.


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  • Created by: McCauley-Mitchell
  • Added: 13 Apr 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 161001928
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Doring Martin (4 Mar 1927–21 Oct 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161001928, citing Holy Rosary Cemetery, Darlington, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by McCauley-Mitchell (contributor 48842935) .