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Bisch Funeral Home

2931 South Koke Mill Road, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Rev. Wayne S. Martin

June 22, 1937April 6, 2017
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Springfield, IL- Rev. Wayne S. Martin, 79, was called from this earthly life on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 5:07 pm. Wayne was born in Decatur, IL on June 22, 1937 to W. Stanley and Elsie (Kurek) Martin. His parents and a brother, Bill Martin preceded him in death. He spent the first 50 years of his life in Decatur, IL graduating from Millikin University in 1959 and then working for A.E. Staley Company in Decatur for 30 years, retiring in 1989 as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Wayne was active in many civic organizations including Board of Directors of Decatur Memorial Hospital, Board of directors for the Millikin Estate Trust, Board of Directors of Decatur Country Club, Board of Directors of International Jelly and Preserve Association, Board of Directors of the Cancer Society and the Milikin University Alumni Association. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur where he served as Chairman of many boards and teacher of Bible classes. Wayne was an avid golfer and sports fan, as well as a lifetime St. Louis Cardinal fan. In 1989, Wayne enrolled in Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN to fulfill his lifetime dream of becoming a Lutheran pastor. He pastored five years at Our Savior Lutheran in Joliet, IL and four years at Trinity Lutheran Church in Peoria, IL before retiring and moving to Springfield, IL in August of 2000. He served on the Board at Panther Creek Country Club and helped out at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sherman. Wayne married Barbara Asmundson on June 13, 1959 in Calgary, Alberta. They were blessed with two children: Rev. Kevin (Bonnie) Martin who lives in Raleigh, NC, and Julie (Dan) Rayhill who live in Springfield, IL. He has four grandchildren: Dr. Lindsey Rayhill, Courtney Rayhill, Christopher Martin and Bethany Martin. Being a father and grandpa was on of Wayne’s greatest joys. He will be remembered for his warm smile and love of people. The Martin family will greet family and friends from 5-8 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL. Additional visitation will be from 10:00 until time of funeral services at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL. Rev. Joshua T. Traxel and Rev. James Stuenkel will officiate. Burial will follow in Chatham Memorial Cemetery, Chatham, IL. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in his name to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd. Springfield, IL 62704 or a charity of choice. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family. Bisch Funeral Home West is honored to serve the Martin Family. 544-5424

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, April 11, 2017
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 12, 2017
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Memories

Rev. Wayne S. Martin

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April 15, 2017

Dear Barb,
We are so saddened to learn of Wayne's death and send our deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. It is hard to believe so many years have passed since you left Decatur but we do remember good times spent together. We remember his smile and sense of humor and admire him for pursuing and achieving his goal in life to serve God. May the many wonderful memories you and your family have help carry you through this difficult time.
Tom and Barbara Hostetler

Katie Ambrose

April 12, 2017

I loved working with Wayne on various Panther Creek committees and as fellow board member. Such a lovely person!! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

ERNIE & MARGIE ERTMOED

April 11, 2017

BARB, KEVIN & JULIE CAN ALL BE SO PROUD OF REV. MARTIN, HE WAS A TRUE EXAMPLE OF WHAT ALL OF US MEN STRIVE TO BE BUT FEW OF US EVER COME CLOSE TO MATCHING HIS EXCELLENCE. HE TRULY WAS A SERVANT OF GOD.

Ginny and Warren Kepp

April 11, 2017

Dear Barb & Family,
Our prayers, thoughts, and condolences are with you. We are out of town and are sorry we will not be there to personally express our sympathy. We remember the daily walks that you, Wayne, and your puppy took and hope that we will see you continue those walks. You will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

April 10, 2017

Barb, Julie, Dan, Kevin and Bonnie
So many special memories of all of you, but particularly, that unique individual Wayne! He touched so many lives throughout his adventuresome careers. I believe his eyes sparked the most when he spoke of his grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom and Donetta J

April 9, 2017

Barb, my heart goes out to you. Your husband was such an advocate of WATCH, as you know...and his love for the Lord and His people was SO evident. God's peace and blessings. Ricky Kingdon

Paula and David Redenius

April 9, 2017

Barb, Julie and all the family,
We were sorrowfully rejoicing that Pastor Martin is no longer living the daily struggles age brought to his last years with you. But happy that he can see his Lord face to face and has received his crown of glory! May God give you all perfect Peace as only He can!
With our love and prayers,

April 9, 2017

I had the privilege to travel to the Holy Land in March 1998, to Jordan and Israel, a two wk pilgimage during lent with Pastor Martin...a lot of fun and untold blessings for God Bless you all as you mourn your loss and know that God loves you in your sorrow as well as your joy...Joy will come again...Mitzie Ehlen Christ Lutheran, Peoria, Il.

April 9, 2017

Looking at the pictures, I see the Wayne I remember from high school. His big smile is the same as it was when he was 16! So sorry to hear of your loss.
Carol Frede Pirtle

Cathy Muir

April 9, 2017

It was our great honor and privilege to care for Wayne in the last 11 months of his life. His smile and warmth made our days. His sweet family was with him every step of the way, making sure he was cared for, and that he was comfortable. A unique man, and a man that will be missed greatly by The Arbors community.

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