Earl L. Martz, 88, of Huntsville, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at Green Hills Care Center. He was born in Richland Township on July 2, 1929, to the late Eben and Mae Rumer Martz.
On June 14, 1947, he married Dorothy Johnson in Bellevue, Ky., and she preceded him in death Feb. 27, 2016. Earl was also preceded in death by two infant great-grandsons; sisters, Freeda Hanna and Virginia Swiger; and brothers, Bernard Martz and Willard Martz.
Earl is survived by his children, Kim (Mike) Glock and Mike (Bev) Martz, both of Huntsville, and Scott (Melissa) Martz of Columbus; grandchildren, Greg (Pat) Martz, Amy (Matt) Burns, Mandy (Steve) Oppy, Brian Glock, Emily Martz and Allison Martz; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Earl was a member of the Huntsville United Methodist Church. He owned and operated the IGA stores in Jackson Center and Huntsville for more than 30 years, was a truck driver for Ritter Brothers for 20 years, a McArthur Township Trustee for 24 years, served on the Huntsville Village Council for eight years and was an Indian Lake Local School bus driver for 43 years. Earl was a 50-year member of the Bellefontaine Masonic Lodge and a lifetime member of the Bellefontaine Elks Lodge.
Pastor Bryan Meadows officiates a funeral service at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, where visitation begins at 10 a.m. and a Masonic service is at 12:15 p.m. Burial is in the Huntsville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311, and the Huntsville United Methodist Church, 6611 Fruit Street, Huntsville, OH 43324.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.