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Kenneth Thomas Martin, Sr

Oct. 7, 1943 - Feb. 4, 2012

Kenneth Thomas Martin, Sr., age 68, of Wolverine died on Saturday February 4, 2012 at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey.  Kenny, the son of John J. and Norene F. (LaFortune) Martin, was born on October 7, 1943 in Afton.  On October 31, 1964 he married Cecilia Genevie "Jenny" Visnaw in St. Ignace.

Kenny was a lifelong resident of Cheboygan County, growing up in Afton and then raising his own family in Wolverine.  He worked in forestry as a lumberjack, timbering for saw mills in the area.  Kenny was a talented wood crafter and toy maker.  From wood he crafted trucks, trains, puzzles, and birdhouses.  He enjoyed gardening and beekeeping.  He loved camping, going for a Sunday afternoon drive, and taking long rides in the woods (which sometimes ended up with a walk home after he would get stuck in some deep mud hole).

Surviving are Kenny's wife of 47 years, Jenny Martin of Wolverine; daughters,Lucy Martin of Mancelona, April (D.J.) Hall of Vanderbilt, and Mary Martin, Karan (Jeff) Smith, andLotta Star Martin, all of Wolverine; sons, Kenny T. (Ginger) Martin, Jr. of Vanderbilt, Rex (Renee) Martin of Wolverine, and Kurt (Hope) Martin of Petoskey; 28 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Also surviving are sisters, Florence ("Pud") Hilliker of Afton, Donna Kurburski of Alanson, Dorie Martin and Lois Dell, both of Petoskey; brothers, Jerry of Alanson, Floyd of Onaway, Ronnie of Wolverine, and James "Bub" (Louella) , Carl (Raelynn), and Jack (Sharon), all of Afton; as well as, numerous nieces and nephews.  Kenny was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be held at the Sturgeon Valley Free Fellowship Methodist Church in Wolverine on Tuesday February 7, 2012 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m.  Pastor Steve Evoy will officiate.  Kenny's final resting place will be at Silver Lake Cemetery in Wolverine.  It has been asked that Kenny be remembered through donations to his family to help pay for final expenses.

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