Ronald Wayne 'Sonny' Martin, Sept. 10, 1933 — Dec. 13, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 5:14 p.m. CST

Ronald Wayne "Sonny" Martin, 80, of Osawatomie, Kansas, unexpectedly joined his heavenly family Friday morning December 13, 2013.

Born in Moberly, Missouri on September 10, 1933 to Charles Anderson Martin and Mary Eliza (Jasper) Martin. "Sonny" was a 1951 graduate of Hickman High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. While in the service he met and married the former Beverly Madonna Johnson and together they shared two sons.

"Sonny" is survived by his eldest son Charles Verdell Martin, a Captain in the United States Army currently serving in the Norfolk, Virginia, area and two Grandsons, David and Timothy. Additionally, he is survived by two sisters, Charlene (Kenneth) Sapp of Ashland and Jackie (widow of Clayton) Gray of Harrisburg.

Four nieces, Merry (Greg) Turner of Ashland, Cheri Dodson, Angela Gallatin, and Pam Bromegan, all of Harrisburg and three nephews Kenneth (Debbie) Sapp of Cherokee Village, Arkansas, Andrew (Jessica) Gray and Jon Gray, all of Harrisburg.

He will be sadly missed by his 16 great and three great great nieces and nephews, whom he dearly adored.

His youngest son, David Mikel Martin preceded him in death at the age of 15 and was continually a treasured memory to his father. In addition to his son, "Sonny" was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, four infant siblings (two sisters Mildred and Debra and two brothers Charles and Terry).

In the '60's he served as business agent for the Columbia Area Cement Finishers Union Local 955 and for over two decades "Sonny" was a commercial carpentry contractor servicing an area from Pennsylvania to Kansas ultimately retiring and settling in Osawatomie, Kansas.

“Sonny’s” generosity of his time and energy was unparalleled. It can be said that he never met a stranger and he left an unforgettable imprint on everyone he met. He continually told stories not only of his antics with childhood friends but of those with his many adult friends. Especially those frequenting the “Truck Stop” and the “Whistle Stop Café.”

In lieu of flowers “Sonny” would request a donation to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1864, Columbia, Missouri 65205-1864.

The visitation is from 2:00PM until 2:30PM on Monday, December 23, 2013 at Memorial Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow immediately in the chapel. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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