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George O. Martin , 1933 - 2021
George O. Martin

George O. Martin, Jr., 87, died February 20, 2021. He was born July 27, 1933, in Buffalo, New York, the son of George O. Martin, Sr. and Helen Boothby Kitson Martin.

A resident of Ellinwood since 1991, he was a poet, a stone carver, a baker, a speaker and write of newspaper columns, “Steam Whistles”, “Boiling Stones” and “Always Searching, Sometimes Finding”. He was a retired Postmaster in Partridge and Hoisington, Kansas. He was also an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church and belonged to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Great Bend, Kansas. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, aboard USS Yorktown, and at the Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, Kansas.

Taking his life forward in love and joy are his wife, Karen Kline-Martin, and their children, Mary Tran, Caitlin Cross (Joel), Fiona Esfeld (Nolan) and Samuel Kline-Martin (Emmi). There are five other children from a previous marriage, Mary Christopher, Mark Martin, Micah Martin, Myna Anderson, and George Martin IV. Grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and so many considered just family will celebrate his life in the days and years to come in their service to others.

Burial office will be read, and Eucharist celebrated at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Great Bend, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 27, 2021 with Mother Teresa Lahar presiding. We ask for no flowers as it is Lent. Memorials can be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

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Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home     
1425 Patton Road           
Great Bend, KS  67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 22, 2021