Pixley Funeral Home

3530 Auburn Road, Auburn Hills, MI


Richard Francis Martus

June 4, 1930February 13, 2020

Richard Francis Martus, of Auburn Hills, MI, passed away on February 13, 2020 at the age of 89. He was born in Pontiac, MI on June 4, 1930 to his parents Basil and Lucille Martus. Richard was a graduate of St. Fred’s High School. He married his beloved wife Joan on June 23, 1956. Richard had a career as an Estimate Assigner for Michigan Bell, or as it’s more commonly known “Ma Bell”. He was a kind-hearted and faithful man who volunteered at the Matchan Soup Kitchen and St. Vincent De Paul at Sacred Heart Church. Richard was in the Knights of Columbus, he ushered and sang in the choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and also lent his voice to the Golden Choraliers.

He is survived by his wife Joan; his children Betty, Ronald, Barbara (John), Patrick, Michael (Vera) and Dorothy (Victor); Grandchildren Courtney (Chris), Megan, Samantha, Alyssa, John Paul, Curtis (Kendra), Andrew (Amanda), AnnMarie, Calvin, Nathaniel, Emma, Thomas, Matthew M, Joshua, Matthew F, Sophia and Francesca; Great-Grandchildren Kaiden, Lilly, Kortni, Kyra, and Zoe; and his sisters Rita, Geraldine, and Patricia.

Visitation will be from 3 PM to 8PM at Pixley Funeral Home in Auburn Hills with a Wake Service at 7 PM. Services will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 3400 S Adams Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, with instate beginning at 9:30 AM and the service beginning at 10 AM.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Matchan Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 430954 Pontiac, MI 48343 or St. Vincent De Paul at Sacred Heart, 3400 S Adams Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.


  • Visitation Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Wake Service Sunday, February 16, 2020
  • Instate Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Monday, February 17, 2020


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Frank Skosich

February 16, 2020

We were sorry to hear of Dick's passing . Seeing Dick and Joan at so many events at Sacred Heart has certainly added to our enjoyment and we were in awe at how much was done by them as a couple. We will miss Dick and his generous openness towards all he encountered. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Joan and all the family.

Betty Esnault

February 15, 2020

Joan may the Lord be with you and give you strength at this time. You and Dick were a blessed couple. I loved Dick he was truly a Christian that shared his gifts. He will be missed by Matchan and Sacred Heart.
I sang with him at Sacred Heart and volunteered with you and him at Matchan Nutrition Center. May the Lords light shine upon him.
Blessings Always, Betty Esnault