Oscar Otto Martin, 97, of Watseka passed away on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital in Watseka.
Oscar was born on June 5, 1924 in Milford, the son of Sam and Nettie (Shipman) Martin. He married Dallas A. Hinkle on November 24, 1946 in Onarga and she preceded him in death on March 3, 2016. He was also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Merle; one sister, Kathleen; one son, Stanley Bruce Martin; and one daughter, Lynne Carol VanGrevenhof.
He is survived by one son, Randy Martin of Silvis, IL; one son-in-law, Dave VanGrevenhof; six grandchildren, Lance Martin, Heath Martin, Ross Martin, Kyle Martin, Heather Kracik, and Courtney Barrett; ten great grandchildren, Morgan and Cassidy Olesen, Julia Kracik, Clara and Everett Martin, Chase and Spencer Martin, Charlotte Martin, and Caesar and Serenity Weston; one great-great-grandson, Greyson Garcia; and one sister, Lois.
Oscar served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at UARCO for many years and later at Watseka Ford. He was a life-long member of First Christian Church in Watseka as well as member of the Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450. Oscar was a Past Master and Life Member of Watseka Masonic Lodge #446 where he has been a member for 68 years. He was a member of the Valley of Danville Scottish Rite where he was honored with the 33rd degree. He was also a member of the Eastern Star and Shriners.
Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. masonic service and then followed by the funeral service on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka. Rev. Wayne Meyer will officiate. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Watseka with graveside military rites by Watseka American Legion Post #23 and Iroquois County VFW Post #7450.
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