James R. “Jim” Martin, 76, of Jackson, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.
He was born September 7, 1940, in Cape Girardeau, to Richard C. and Addie L. Atkins Martin. He and Elisabeth “Babs” Martin were married January 18, 1964, at First Baptist Church in Jackson.
Jim was a 1958 graduate of Jackson High School. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from October 5, 1959 to June 7, 1963. During his military service, Jim served in Germany, where he met Babs in a pizza parlor and played football for the Air Force.
Jim was a sales rep for Moon Distributing and worked many years as an operator at the power plant in Jackson, retiring in 2009. He was a lifelong member of Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson, where he was an usher, previously served on the church council, and was active in the men’s fellowhip activities. He was also a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson; member and past president of the former German Club of Southeast Missouri, and a former member of the Elks in Jackson.
Jim cherished time with his family and always put them above everything else. He enjoyed the simple things in life, like mowing his yard, gardening, experiencing nature from his backyard swing, and spending time with neighbors and friends.
Loving survivors include his wife of nearly 53 years, Babs of Jackson; three children, Tim (Lori) Martin and children Scott and Brian of Jackson, Todd (Rachale) Martin and children Kody Kingree, Cheyenne Kessler, and Grayson Martin of Jackson; and Nicole Martin of Manchester; two siblings, Ann (the late Leabert) Fields of Jackson, June Baugh Black of Jackson; and a brother-in-law, Glenn (the late Mary) Zeller of Jackson.
Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Christina (Laird) Abbott; Clyde (Cheryl) Baugh, Stephen (Theresa) Baugh, Jenny Zeller, Debbie (Jerry) McCullough, Gregg (Tara) Zeller, and Sabine (Stefan) Haus; niece-in-law, Carol (the late Bobby) Baugh; and many great nieces, great nephews, friends, and neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mary Zeller; Babs’ parents, Valentin and Erna Assmus; four brothers-in-law, Leabert Fields, Bob Baugh and Robert Black, and Peter Assmus; two nieces, Patty Baugh and Ulrike Assmus; and a nephew, Bobby Baugh.
Visitation is Tuesday, October 18, 2016, from 4 to 8 p.m., at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. There will be an American Legion Honor Guard service at 7 p.m.
The funeral will be Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with the Revs. Joe Rowley and Sam Roethemeyer officiating. Burial will follow at Russell Heights Cemetery in Jackson, with full military honors.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Emanuel United Church of Christ in Jackson.