Francis A. Martin, 89, of Gilman, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at
Miller Alternative Care-Thorp under the care of Hope Hospice. He
was born on January 12, 1929 in the Eastman area (Crawford
County), Wisconsin the son of the late Rhodelle and Laura
(Spalla) Martin. His family moved to the Donald area when he
was 8 and he graduated from Hannibal High in 1946.
On October 7, 1950 he was united in marriage to Helen Powers
in Gilman. The couple farmed North of Gilman and upon retiring,
moved to their house in the woods. He was a member of St. John’
s Catholic Church-Sheldon and the Sheldon American Legion.
Francis served in the army and was stationed in Korea.
Along with farming, Francis worked at the Stanley Corporation,
was a janitor at the Donald School, served on local and county
boards, and helped with neighboring field work and machinery
maintenance. He enjoyed fishing, making maple syrup and was
dedicated to heading the township recycling program.
He is survived by his children, Sherry (John) Neubauer of
Random Lake, Connie (Dave) Gulcynski of Thorp, Nancy (Bruce)
Liazuk of Medford and Vickie Martin of Kaukauna, 11
grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and his brother, Paul
(Frances) Martin of Concord, California. Francis is preceded in
death by his parents, his wife, Helen (2015), son Ronald, his
sisters, Evelyn Potter and Viola Westphal, his brother Edwin and
two brothers in infancy.
A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Friday, April 27, 2018
at St. John’s Catholic Church-Sheldon with Father Madanu
Lourdu officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Donald Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until time of service Friday at the
Church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family.
The family would like to thank Miller Alternative Care for their
compassionate care and support. The staff truly made him call it