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Felipe B. Martinez

On December 8, 2019, Felipe Barrera Martinez (Apa), loving husband, brother and father of 9 children passed away at the age of 84.

Felipe was born on May 1, 1935 in Port Isabel, Texas to Alejandro and Victoria Barerra Martinez. In 1959 he married Consuelo Facio. Together they raised two sons, Carlos Facio and Felipe Jr. and seven daughters, Maria Guadalupe, Romelia, Suzanne, Mickey, Maria E. (Virginia), Connie and Raquel.

In his early years he attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Apa enjoyed volunteering at St. Mary’s Catholic Diocese in Kalamazoo doing Spanish services and with the Salvation Army.

Apa had a passion for entertaining and loved people. He loved to grill and cook for his family and friends. He liked being outdoors where he could sit and birdwatch. He was also known for singing, whistling and playing the harmonica to his favorite music especially, Freddy Fender, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Apa also loved to dance with his wife. He had a compassionate spirit. Everyone had a seat at his table and a place to rest in his house. Apa loved everyone.

Now that he is resting with our Lord, he will be missed and forever cherished. Let our lives be as full and giving as his.

Friends may visit with Apa’s family from 5-8 PM, Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, December 14, 2019 with Pastor Edward Perez officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place in Texas at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Apa may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice


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Linda Capello

December 9, 2019 at 9:33 pm

Martinez Family

Sending my deepest condolences.


Linda Capello


Victoria Valdez Flores

December 9, 2019 at 10:53 pm

My Condolences to the family my prayers go out to you all.


Maria Mtz. Zamora

December 10, 2019 at 10:01 am

Our Most Sincerest Sympathy to All of the Martinez Family for the loss of a Great Man. Sending our Love and Prayers. From Constancio “Cone” Martinez and Family.


Mr & Mrs James Kirt Sr

December 10, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Our Condolences to the Martinez and Facio Family, my Mother Consuelo Garcia, Victoria Valdez on the loss of their father and brother prayers of comfort during this time


Mareila Belmares

December 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

You will be missed dearly tio


Cone & Lucy Martinez

December 10, 2019 at 1:58 pm

Our sincere condolences to the Martinez family. May Felipe R.I.P.


mark howard

December 10, 2019 at 4:45 pm

Felipe always had a good word to say, and a glad heart to share


Rose Marie Troutman

December 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm

Our sincerecondolences to the Martinez & facio family may mr.felipe R.i.P. from the tamayo troutman family


Carmen I Amaya/ Jesus E. Amaya

December 11, 2019 at 10:41 am

Our sincere condolences to the Martinez family.


Armando Mata

December 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm

He gave me a great friend and for that I will always cherish him. May our God welcome you Himself so you may enter into His eternal rest.



December 13, 2019 at 9:26 am

So sorry for your loss


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