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John Russel Martin

BONNE TERRE — John “Russ” Martin, 84, of Bonne Terre passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 26, 1933, to the late Howard G. Martin and Gertrude P. (Perry) Pollard.

Russ proudly served our country in the United States Navy and was a Korean War Veteran. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 6683 and was locally known as an excellent painter and drywall finisher. Russ loved playing poker, enjoyed shooting pool, deer and bird hunting was a pastime of his, and of course Stag beer was a favorite.

In addition to his parents, Russ was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia (Brinkman) Martin; stepfather, Cecil Pollard; daughter, Debbie Psalmonds; grandchild, Heather Simmons; three brothers; four sisters; and son-in-law, Rick Pence.

He is survived by his wife Donna (Miner) Martin; children, John “Gene” Martin, Brenda Pence, Cindy and husband Danny Edgar, Steve Martin, Jody and husband Wyck Wadlow, Marie Martin; son-in-law, Jerry Psalmonds; daughter-in-law, Charlene Martin; stepchildren, Mike Thomas, Michele Thomas, and Tammi and husband Jim Carver; 23 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Bonne Terre. Funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018, at C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Bonne Terre with Pastor Greg McCord officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph cemetery. View obituary and share condolences online at



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