Norman Alfred Martin
March 6, 1925 – November 11, 2018
Norman Alfred Martin, 93, of Lakeland, Florida, passed peacefully on November 11, 2018. He left his earthly world to join the love of his life - Annabell - his parents, siblings and many friends in his heavenly home. Norman served his country in World War II. He was on the Susan B. Anthony transport ship when it hit two magnetic mines and sank off the coast of Omaha Beach. He was rescued and made his landing in Normandy, France on D-Day 2, June 7, 1944. He was a medic and followed the 2nd Armored Division led by General George Patton from Omaha Beach through France, eastern Belgium into Germany. He cared for wounded soldiers and civilians. He was present at the liberation of a German concentration camp, where he also cared for the prisoners. Throughout his life, his actions showed that this experience made an everlasting impression. He was always the first to lend a helping hand and always left a place better than he found it. Norman was a Union Carbide retiree. After retirement, he spent every fall in Nags Head, North Carolina where he and his beloved Annabell enjoyed days of fishing, beach combing, and speculating about pirate treasure. He spent his winters in Lakeland, Florida enjoying the warm weather and his three grandchildren. In 2007 he and Annabell made a permanent move to Lakeland where they watched their grandchildren grow from children into adults. Norman was preceded in death by this wife Annabell, his parents Arnold and Inez Martin, brothers Tom, Robert, Russell, Harold and Elliott and sister Patricia Allen. He is survived by his loving daughter Karen, caring son-in-law Ron, prized grandsons Nick and Neal and Neal's wife Amber and his amazing granddaughter Natalie and her husband Lee, sisters Ruth Payne, Marian White, Delores Keeling, Debbie McVay and brother Abe Martin. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post 187, Winfield.
- Visitaton Saturday, November 17, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2018