August 2, 2013

Eugene Robert Martin

Eugene R. Martin age 86 of Friend, Nebraska died on Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Lincoln. He was born on March 1, 1927 in Lincoln to Earl Robert and Carrie (Burr) Martin.  He graduated from Waverly High School.  Eugene served in the US Navy from 1945 to 1952.  He served during World War II and the Korean War.  He married Enola S. Esponge on December 6, 1947 and they were together 66 years.  He worked in the Insurance and Real Estate business since 1963.

Eugene is survived by his wife, Enola of Friend, Nebraska; daughter, Christine (Chris) Martin of Lincoln; son, Bob Martin of Alton, Missouri; daughter, Lori Martin of Fort Wayne, Indiana; grandsons, Robert (Robby) Martin of West Plains, Missouri; Samy Younis of Cincinnati, Ohio; granddaughter, Ricky Lee Morris of West Plains, Missouri; many sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Irene Pine; Carol Glantz; Orneta Johnson; brother, Kenneth Martin; a son in infancy, Eugene Robert Martin, Jr., and a granddaughter, Deana Younis.

The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the United Church of Christ in Friend, Nebraska.

Burial will be in Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery in Golden Meadow, Louisiana.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be directed to the family for later designation.



  1. Gene was a good friend and adopted dad to us, we will miss him a lot. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. He will forever be in our hearts.

    • We send our prayers to the Martin family.Euegne and Enola have been our Friend in Friend many years. Working with Eugene in the Friend Chamber of Commerce and many other things to make Friend the town it is today. Also thanks for his years of service in Navy !!

  2. Thank you for being a loyal friend to my late grandfather, Charles Aksamit.

  3. I will always remember Gene as a “generous” supporter for all American Legion projects we held in Friend. He was also a supporter of the Veteran’s Memorial we just completed in Wilber, Ne. His name/picture and other data can be viewed at Click on the Veterans info button for saline county to view. I remember that we always had our building insurance with Gene and we would always come down to the meeting with our annual billing and buy a round of drinks for all the members in attendance. There were times when we didn’t have the funds to pay him right away and several times he carried us for several months til we came up with the premium. He was a gracious and generous man always willing to help our cause. Condolences to the family and may he rest in peace.

  4. WE send our prayers to the Martin family. Eugene and Enola haven been our friends in Friend for the many years we lived there.
    They worked many years in the Friend Chamber of Commerce helping make what Friend is as a town today.Also my thanks for the many years of service in the Navy to our country. We will keep him in out memories !!!

  5. Chris and family we are so very sorry for your loss our thoughts are with you at this time. Cherished memories for all of you as you visit and spend these few days to sharing with family and friends


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