Gerald N. Martin
Gerald N. Martin

Sept. 12, 1951-July 3, 2019

FORT JENNINGS – Gerald N. Martin, 67, of Fort Jennings died at 3:26 a.m. on July 3 at Mercy Health St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.

He was born Sept. 12, 1951 in Lima to Norman and Rita (Pothast) Martin, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 27, 1976 he married Evelyn Hoersten, who survives in Fort Jennings.

Also surviving are three children, Michelle (Ken) Porr of Cedarville, Louise (Ron) Crawford of Pleasant Lake, Indiana, and Jeffrey (Courtnie) Martin of Canal Winchester; five grandchildren, Mason Crawford, Zachary Crawford, Kaleb Porr, Lauren Porr and Brandon Porr; one stepgrandchild, Alexis Crawford; a sister, Jane Schimmoeller of Fort Jennings; uncle and aunt, Ralph and Marie Pothast of Glandorf; mother-in-law, Thelma Hoersten of Delphos; brothers-in-law, Tom (Lisa) Hoersten of Oregon and Ken (JoAnn) Hoersten of Fremont, Michigan; and sister-in-law, Jane Wittler of Fort Jennings.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Sage Porr; three brothers-in-law, Daniel Schimmoeller, Leroy Wittler and Chuck Calvelage; sister-in law, Irene Calvelage; and his father-in-law, Arthur Hoersten.

Gerald was a Master Plumber, farmer, and raised feeder steers and hogs. He enjoyed playing cards and going to county fairs. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings and the Delphos Eagles.

A Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, the Very Rev. Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township, and one hour prior to the mass on Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Putnam County Council on Aging or the Honor Flight.

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