Ronald “Ron” Martin, 74 of Redwood Falls entered Eternal Rest on March 23rd, at Lakewood Health from complications of Lewy Body Dementia, with his family by his side. Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Ronald B. Martin Monday, June 29th, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Family condolences will begin one hour prior to services at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine’s. Luncheon will be held at the Martin residence following the service. Please bring chairs. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ronald “Ron” Martin was born May 11th, 1945 to Walter and Helen (Kline) Martin in Buffalo Lake, MN. He was baptized alongside his sister Gail in rural Franklin and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lucan, MN. He began working at a very young age at a chicken hatchery and then with a tiling company. After graduating from Milroy High School in 1963, he began his career at Redwood County Telephone Company. At age 18 he met the love of his life, Connie Goche. They were united in marriage on August 21, 1965, at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Lucan, MN. After 25 years he and his family moved to Redding, CA, where they owned and ran a Christian wholesale book business for 20 years. During his time in California, his family built a home surrounded by three mountain ranges. During his time in California all of his grandchildren were born, the lights of his life. He enjoyed each of them, teaching them how to wash cars, mow lawn and many other life skills. He didn’t miss any of their activities. In 2007, Ron and his wife moved back to Minnesota where they owned and operated Connie’s Hallmark Shoppe and Gift Gallery in Redwood Falls for over 11 years. Ron was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, a cruel disease. Ron enjoyed racing stock cars, men’s softball (manager and pitcher for many years), and league bowling in a men’s league and with his wife. While in California, his most favorite place to be was by the ocean. He enjoyed the outdoors, doing yard work, etc. He was a member of St Anne’s Catholic Church in Wabasso, MN and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anderson, CA.
He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 55 years; son Dean (Lisa) of Vesta, MN; daughter Tami of Minneapolis, MN; grandchildren: Gabriel and Paris of Vesta, MN, Chance (Nina) and Cheyenne of Redding, CA, and Jordane of Minneapolis, MN; great grandchildren: Connor of Redding CA and Grant of Minneapolis, MN; and sisters: Gail (Gordy) Werner and Mona (Greg) Witt. He is preceded in death by his son Scott, parents Walter and Helen, in-laws Dennis and Marcella Goche, brother-in-law Steven Zick, nephew Jason Goche and many other relatives and friends. Blessed by his memory