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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Lester Martin

Lester Ray Martin

Saturday, April 22nd, 1950 - Friday, November 29th, 2019
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Lester Ray Martin, 69, of Chambersburg, departed this life while surrounded by his family and friends, on the morning of Friday, November 29, 2019, at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center, due to complications from a liver transplant that he received on July 16th.

He was born on April 22, 1950, in Chambersburg, a son of the late Paul J. and Lista (Frey) Martin and married Esther Mae “Essee” Diller on March 27, 1971, at the Cedar Street Mennonite Church, Chambersburg.

Lester was the owner and operator of the Lenwood Mobile Home Park, Shippensburg, but earlier in his life, Lester also concurrently owned and operated both a dairy and poultry farm.

He was a former member of the Cedar Street Mennonite Church, where he attended for over forty years. Lester was a very active member, serving as a trustee, Sunday school teacher, and a youth advisor over the years. More recently he enjoyed worshiping at the Bethel Assembly of God, Chambersburg, and the Grand Point Church, Shippensburg.

In his free time, Lester enjoyed traveling, especially to Clearwater, FL, where he owned a small vacation home. He was also a member of a close circle of friends, known as the Greenvillage Diner Breakfast Club. Lester’s biggest investments in life were his friends and family. He felt no greater joy than when he was able to spend time with his children and granddaughter.

In addition to his wife of forty-eight years, Essee, he is survived by his daughter, Tiffany R. Rife and fiance’ Tony Brandt of Shippensburg; a son, Travis O. Martin of Shippensburg; his granddaughter, Olivia C. Rife of Shippensburg; six siblings, Wilma Wadel and husband Dale of Shippensburg, Wayne Martin and wife Carolyn of Shippensburg, Joanne Horst and husband John of Shippensburg, Janice “Jenny” Martin and husband Lyle of Parrish, FL, Lee Martin and wife Sue of Shippensburg, and Denny Martin of Shippensburg; brother-in-law, Jere Horst of Chambersburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by one son, Lenwood T. Martin, who died on March 23, 1977; and one sister, Doreen Horst, who died in April of 2018.

His funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Living Faith Chapel, Shippensburg. Pastor’s Garry Kipe, Kevin Elworth, and Darrell Baer will officiate. Interment will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Viewing will be at the Living Faith Chapel on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 6th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, December 6th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Living Faith Chapel
    8770 Possum Hollow Road
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Living Faith Chapel
    8770 Possum Hollow Road
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Living Faith Chapel
    8770 Possum Hollow Road
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Garry L. Kipe
    Pastor Kevin Elworth
    Pastor Darrell Baer
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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  • Reception

    Living Faith Chapel
    8770 Possum Hollow Road
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Teresa Breakall

Posted at 01:03pm
Sincere Condolences to the entire family of Lester. Very sorry for your Loss.

Philip ocker

Posted at 07:05am
We Judy and Phil Ocker send memories of Lester and his wife . So sorry to here of this . Our prayers go out to the entire family at this time. Lester was a 69 class mate of mine , Phil . We just visited with he and wife a few weeks ago . He is at rest now , forever . The best is yet for us all . God is everywhere ! With our love and prayers .

Les Kuhn

Posted at 04:43pm
My memories of Les goes back to the late 1960's, when one of his 1ST jobs was working for me @ Hawbaker & Kuhn kitchen center in Chbg. He was a helper with Glenn Wadel. Both of these good 'ole farm boyswere fantastic workers. Theywere very loyal and dedicated employees, never complainingor goofing off, just good hard work. America needsmore people like that today. He went on to be very successful on his own. Way to go Les, I always knew you would do well. We have remained good friends, along with his wonderful wife " Essee ". Essee ' we wish you wellin the future. We will all miss our good friend Les. GOD rest his soul. We will see you again in Heaven. " look forward to that day."
With Christian LOVE,

Diane West

Posted at 10:13am
So very sorry!Love and prayers to all the family!

Connie Murphy

Posted at 08:34am
Praying that you feel the hands of God wrapping around all of you in this time of sorrow. Deepest condolences to all.

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