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Raymond Dencil Martin
Raymond Dencil MartinCleveland BrownsRaymond Dencil Martin, 85 of LaRue, went home to be with his lord and savior Jesus Christ at 9:00 pm on Monday, September 28, 2020, after a 2-week bout with COVID-19.

He was born at home in Putnam County West Virginia on February 22, 1935. He was raised by his mother Mildred (Parsons) Sayre and his step-dad Clyde Sayre who raised him and treated him as his own.

He was married on February 24, 1956 to Iva Grace Ankney, at the parsonage of the LaRue Baptist Church. They were married for 62 years before Iva passed away on April 24, 2018.

He was a machine operator at Eaton Corporation in Marion for 42 years. He loved watching sports especially Ohio State Football and basketball, the Cleveland Indians, and His Cleveland Browns, even though some of his grandkids tried to persuade him to cheer for the Bengals. Also, his favorite team was whatever team his grandkids were playing on. He also loved NASCAR, and monster truck racing. He also enjoyed camping.

He was a member of the Union Baptist Church in Richwood where he attended every Sunday morning.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Warren Sayre and Leo Sayre.

He is survived by his four children, Richard (Terri) Martin, Arkansas, Debbie James (Matt Harned), LaRue, Ron (Diana) Martin, Richwood, and Brenda Friend (Jerry Dunlap), Cuyahoga Falls; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a sister Alice (Ivan) Chandler, and brothers Lawrence (Joyce) Sayre, Ralph (Sally) Sayre, Paul (Carol) Sayre, Lloyd (Rita) Sayre, and Frank Sayre.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to his neighbors, Debbie Michaels and Shirley Edwards who watched over him and made sure he was ok, to his Son-in-law Dan James who stopped in regularly to check on him, also to the nurses at Marion General Hospital on the COVID floor and ICU for their wonderful care.

Graveside services will be Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM in the LaRue Cemetery with Pastor Josh Hause officiating. A celebration of Raymond’s life will be held a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to Marion General Hospital Hospice, 1000 McKinley Park Drive, Marion, OH 43302.

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#1 from: Rita Rubeck Parker
10484 Hoskins Road
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 5:54 PM

My sincere sympathy to the Martin and Sayre families.  Remember the good times spent together.  Rita Rubeck Headington Parker, EHS Media Specialist 1965-1996

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#3 from: Susan Oberdier Fox
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 8:12 PM

Deepest sympathy to all the family. I remember Ray and Iva from many yrs ago. We lived across the road from Iva while I was growing up. A great reunion in Heaven is coming to all who believe in Jesus.

#4 from: Debbie Michael
La Rue
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 10:17 PM

My heart breaks for all of you. He was and always will be a very special man to us.I'll always remember our mowing adventures and bringing each other water. God I Love and will miss him dearly.

#5 from: Carol Barr
Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 11:35 PM

Alice, I'm so sorry about the loss of your brother. You and your family are in my prayers.

#6 from: Wendy Crabtree
La Rue
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Heartbroken over the loss of your father. Sure will miss seeing him on the moped, he always had a smile and kind words. LaRue lost a good one.

#7 from: Steve Gregory
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 12:39 PM

So very sorry to hear of Rays passing. May your memories bring you comfort and peace at this time.  Ray and Iva were good friends to my mom an dad over the years. May they RIP❤️

#8 from: Brenda Foreman
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 1:31 PM

Praying for all of you.  Ray was such a sweet person.  I will miss his wonderful smile and hug he gave me every Sunday morning.

#9 from: Janet Everly
LaRue Ohio
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 3:30 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss Burt! Prayers and condolences to your family

#10 from: Mary Lee
Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 4:54 PM

I send my condolence and sympathy to the family of Ray  Martin. When I was a new bride, the Sayer Family lived as neighbors to us on Clark Rd. and they were nothing but nice to a young 'town kid' living for the first time in the country. I have many fond memories of this wonderful family.

Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 9:27 PM


#12 from: Jesse Knapp
Kenton, Ohio
Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 6:44 AM

We enjoyed following each other on Facebook and some political and some biblical! It was nice to have a friend that most of the time could agree with things like politics and Bible! Prayers for his family and will miss seeing post on Facebook from him!

#13 from: Bob and Carol Howell
Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 8:47 AM

Peace  be with Ray family .  Bob and I started attending the church that Ray went to every Sunday. He always sat in the back row so we slipped in right next to him. He welcome us with his beautiful smile.  Our granddaughter became very fond of Ray  and always wanted to stop and visit with him with her Pa. He really enjoyed their visit. He will be truly missed by our family .  Rest with the Lord Ray you were a faithful servant.  Bob, Carol and Sayler Howell.

#14 from: Becky Felty
Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 4:10 PM

So sorry to hear about Raymond.he was a wonderful man. Rip

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