Posted: Mon 3:18 PM, Dec 02, 2013
Robert “Bob” Martin, 77, of Bowling Green, passed away Nov. 27, 2013, at Hospice of Southern Kentucky. The Middlesboro native was born Sept. 13, 1936, a son of the late Richard Martin and Earle Buchanon Martin. Mr. Martin was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Alex Diaz; mother-in-law, Anna Conn; and father-in-law, John Sabo.
Mr. Martin was a graduate of Bowling Green Business College, retired from Bowling Green Vocational School and served as an airman with the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Martin was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Crusaders Sunday school class and served as a greeter and communion server. He was a member of the Polar Bear Club, collector and trader of antiques, a member of the Vo-Tech Lunch Bunch and Hardees Good Old Boys.
Bobby was a gentle, blue-eyed soul who was loved and admired by all he met.
Memorial services for Mr. Martin will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Broadway United Methodist Church. Mr. Martin’s final resting place will be in Middlesboro.
Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Elona Sabo “Bob’s Sunshine” of Bowling Green, two sons, Robert Martin of Bowling Green and Steven Martin of Bowling Green; a special son, Shawn Salmans of Englewood, Fla., two daughters, Candace Diaz of Round Rock, Texas, and Karole Brandon of Bowling Green; a special daughter, Gina Gullo of Paducah; Bob’s special companion, Misha; a brother, Richard Martin of Reidsville, N.C.; two sisters, Judith Hatcher of Houston, Texas, and Frances Strickler of Franklin; and four grandchildren, Andrea Kinser of Bowling Green, Mardy Diaz of Dallas, Texas, Christian Brandon of Bowling Green and Lauren Brandon of Bowling Green.
The family has requested no flowers. Please do a kindness and greet others as Bob did. Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to Broadway United Methodist Church Children’s Ministries, Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society or Hospice of Southern Kentucky.
Special thanks to Sarah Budde, David Butler and Judy Dilamarter, angels who came the day Bob fell; and pastors Joe Patterson and Adam Shourds and Dr. David Smith.