Rusty Martin

Glen Eugene (Rusty) Martin, age 82, son of Glen E. Martin and Edna Bingham Martin, was born April 7, 1928, in Greenville, Ill. He died on June 26, 2010 in Houston, Mo.

He is survived by his son, Steven Lynn Martin and his wife, Connie, and his granddaughter, Christine and her husband, Bob Brewer, all of Pontoon Beach, Ill. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives, Donald Ralph Martin and wife, Linda, of Florida and Robert Duane Martin and wife, Jayne, of Weaverville, Calif. Also several nieces, nephews and many loving friends, some of whom are Jerry Wooten, Joe and Yvonne Lowe, Bob Davis, Charles and JoEtta Greathouse, Liz Castleman and all of his cattleman buddies, golfing buddies and coffee drinking buddies. He will be greatly missed by them and by many other friends and neighbors.

Rusty was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Melinda L. Barker; his second wife, Mary Ann Hedigar Martin; and a niece, Lynette Huffman.

Rusty was a member of the Baptist church in Greenville during his youth and received a perfect attendance certificate during his teens.

It was always Rusty’s dream to go west and have a large ranch. His first attempt to do so was interrupted when he was in his teens. He packed a small bag and started hitchhiking toward the sunset. As fate would have it, a neighbor spotted him a few miles down the road, stopped, picked him up, turned around and took him back home. He was convinced to wait until after he graduated from Greenville High School. He then caught a ride with some neighbors who were moving to Montana. He worked for them until he earned enough money to get to his Uncle Jack Bingham, who then lived in California.

He then hired on with a company that was searching for places to drill for oil throughout the west. He was happy touring his beloved west but by then he was married and it proved to be too much of a hardship for his young wife and son, so he quit his job and bought a service station in Mulberry Grove, Ill. After a few years, he moved on to Tucson, Ariz., where he worked at the Little Brown Jug. His family talked him into coming back to Illinois to follow in his father’s footsteps where he worked up to the position of president of a local bank. He stayed there until he retired, but the call to have a ranch was too much. He did get west of the Mississippi river but only to Texas County, Mo., where he spent several years raising cattle on his “ranch” located south of Houston.

Rusty had a loving family and many friends who will miss him very much. He loved his farm, his dog Duke, playing golf and meeting with his coffee-drinking buddies around the “intelligence table” at the Lazy L, Hungry Holler, Mom’s Kitchen and Hayes Café. He will be greatly missed by them and by many other friends and neighbors.

The family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Houston House employees in his honor, in lieu of floral arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to www.evansfh.com.

Visitation will be 5-6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Evans Funeral Home with memorial services following at 6 p.m. with Wesley Wallace officiating. Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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