Obituary: Richard Martin, 91, of East Peoria

Staff Writer
East Peoria Times-Courier

EAST PEORIA — Richard “Dick” C. Martin, 91, of East Peoria died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born March 16, 1922, in East Peoria to Robert and Olive Brown Martin, he married Lexie L. Pickens on May 10, 1942, in Rossville, Ga. She preceded him in death on April 25, 2007.

He is survived by his three daughters, Donna (Terry) Hoyland of Grand Island, Fla., Dianne (Steve) Brandt of Washington, and Danita Martin of East Peoria; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three half brothers, William (Carol) Butts of Yorkville, Lloyd Butts of Abilene, Kan. and Bruce (Katie) Butts of Ambia, Ind.

 He was preceded in death by his wife, four half-sisters and two half-brothers.

 He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, The Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge with Silver Star.

He is a life member of the AMVET Post 1992, American Legion Post 979, VFW Post 2078 and the 44th Infantry Division Veterans Association.

Upon returning from the war, he was employed with Caterpillar for 33 years, retiring in 1980.

He was a member of the Greater Peoria Bowling Association and was past president of the board. He was inducted into the Greater Peoria Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Illinois Bowling Hall of Fame in 2001. He has bowled in over 32 ABC tournaments around the United States.

A funeral mass was Thursday, Feb. 27, at St. Monica Catholic Church in East Peoria. The Rev. Stephen Willard officiated. A visitation was Feb. 26 Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in Washington and a half hour prior to Mass at the church. Masonic services were Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Fondulac Cemetery. 

Dick’s memorial website is available at, where condolences may also be sent to the family.