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Greg A. Martin

Greg passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 30, 2018 surrounded by his family at Borgess-Pipp Hospital in Plainwell. Greg and his family embraced the journey and he is now with his Lord and Savior.

He was born May 25, 1955 in Kalamazoo the son of Donald and Joan (Utt) Martin. Greg graduated in 1974 from Waterville High School in Maine. For many years he had worked at Parker Hannifin in Otsego. Greg loved music and enjoyed singing. Greg also enjoyed tinkering with electronics, going to garage sales, looking for antiques, camping and Lionel model trains. Greg attended the Resurgence Church of Otsego and also liked attending bible study and fellowship at the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Allegan and Gobles.

On May 6, 1978 at the Presbyterian Church in Plainwell he married Janet VanDenBerg who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Jenny (Devin) Woelzlein and Andrew (Brandi) Martin both of Kalamazoo; grandchildren, Callen, Damen and Exander and Jackson; brothers, Garry, Randy and Rob (Michelle); sisters-in-law, Betty Hotchkiss and Judy VanDenBerg along with many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Joan Martin and brothers-in-law, Ron Hotchkiss and Paul VanDenBerg.

Friends may visit with Greg’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M., Thursday November 1, 2018 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where a funeral service will take place at 11:00 A.M., Friday, November 2, 2018 with Pastor Leigh Larson and Pastor Alex Rybachek officiating.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Greg may be made to the

American Heart Association


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God saw that he was getting tired and a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around him and He whispered, “Come home with me”. With tearful eyes we watched him and saw him pass away; although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard- working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

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Lori Burrows

October 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss … praying for the family.



October 30, 2018 at 7:42 pm

So said to see that Greg passed away! Greg was classmate of mine at Plainwell Schools. Greg always had a smile on his face.. God bring peace, comfort, love and guidance to his family! Peace be with you Greg!


Tim and Jennifer Mitchell

October 30, 2018 at 7:47 pm

We are so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. He was a good man, gone too young!


Ron & Sandy McNees

October 30, 2018 at 8:06 pm

Greg, as your neighbors for a long time, we are going to miss your smiling face and chats as we clean up our yards together. Our prayers and love go out to your wife and family. If there is anything we can do for them, please let us know. Guardian Angels are taking you to Heaven where you can keep your eyes on them. Rest in Peace neighbor.


Fred and Sue Bosma

October 30, 2018 at 8:19 pm

We are so sorry for your loss! We hold dear sweet memories in our hearts forever of Greg’s love for God that shined in all he said and did with such a kind tender heart. Our prayers, love and comfort to all of you! Love Fred & Sue Bosma


Tammy Bailey

October 30, 2018 at 8:58 pm

My heart goes out to you all with the loss of Greg. I know that there will never be another day on this earth that you will not miss him. May God wrap His loving arms around each of you at this time and until the day you see him again.


Patti (Khodl) Hewitt

October 30, 2018 at 9:15 pm

Am so sorry Janet to read about Greg. Way too young for one’s life to be ended. I remember his being so happy with his pickup he was driving when he parked it over by Agility Health. I even took a picture of his special plate on the front. Think it said: “ Like New”. And I remember sharing a holiday meal with you both over at Sally Smecka’s home. Be kind and gentle with yourself as you navigate these unchartered waters of widowhood and a ‘new normal’ that isn’t normal. My heart goes out to you and your family. ❤️


Don & Jan Stanfill

October 30, 2018 at 9:17 pm

Jan, so very sorry for your loss. Greg was not just a co-worker to me,but a great friend. Always could count on him for a kind word, my world feels a bit empty until I can see him and tell a few jokes again. You and your family will always be in our hearts and prayers ❤️ Love always, Don & Jan Stanfill


Tawnya Jones

October 30, 2018 at 9:31 pm

My deepest regrets and condolences go out to you, Jan. May almighty God embrace Greg with His grace in the hereafter until you can be together once again. Until that day, I pray God’s everlasting love grants you peace.

Tawnya & Ty Jones


Dee & Pete

October 30, 2018 at 9:42 pm

Jan and family,

Much sympathy and love is extended to you dear friends in the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. It is so heartwarming to know how much Greg loved our Lord and Savior. You could see it in his smile and the twinkle in his eyes when he would speak of our Heavenly Father. Even though your hearts are heavy and you grieve his earthy loss, I know with the deep faith you all have, you also rejoice as you hear in your mind God’s welcoming words to your loved one, “Welcome Greg. Job well done good and faithful servant.” God bless you.


Chris & Lynne Kelsey

October 30, 2018 at 9:51 pm

Janet, we are so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. A golden heart has left this life much to soon. May you find peace and strength in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Debbie Rysenga

October 30, 2018 at 9:55 pm

So sorry Jan your family has been through a lot . But I know you have the Lord in your heart .


Janet VanSparrentak

October 30, 2018 at 11:40 pm

So sorry for your loss Janet, he always had a smile to greet you with he will be greatly missed, prayers for you and your family


Linda (Whyment) Taylor

October 31, 2018 at 12:09 am

Jan,Jenny & Andrew

I am so sorry, please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers.



Geo & Gail Johnson

October 31, 2018 at 12:32 am

We were saddened this morning when Bill Brennan called to inform us that Greg had passed. Bill has been faithfully keeping us informed of Greg’s condition since he first went into the hospital. I went into to see Greg on 10/17/18 and it upset me to see him in that condition. He was not able to speak, only whisper, and I had a difficult time understanding him but I could see that he was very uncomfortable. Greg and I worked together at Parker for many years and no one worked harder, nor was more dedicated to doing a good job than Greg. We have been praying that Greg would recover, but God had a better plan for him. Janice, we pray that God gives you His comfort and peace in this very difficult time. Greg will be missed.


Pam Kuiper

October 31, 2018 at 5:08 am

Jan and Family

So sorry for your loss.Greg had a smile that would brighten your darkest day.

Fond memories of our time in choir.


Pam Kuiper


Carol Watson

October 31, 2018 at 6:12 am

Jan and family I am so sorry for your loss of Greg ! My thoughts and prayers are with you!


Wanda Wagers

October 31, 2018 at 6:53 am

I’m so sorry to hear about Greg. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. He was a great man and I enjoy working with him. I know how hard it is to see him go, but you know that he is in a better place. You will see him again. Just hang on to that,and God will help you in the hard times.

Love Wanda Wagers


Rick and Mary Howrigon

October 31, 2018 at 7:09 am

Jan and Family

So very sorry to hear of Gregs Passing. He was such a Geat Man. He will truly be missed by many.


Susan Hopkins

October 31, 2018 at 8:12 am

With sadness in hearts and on this earth- but rejoicing in the heavens that they are receiving such a special angel! Although I have only met Greg a few times; I have known Rob and Michelle for about 25 years, I know Greg was a wonderful man because there has been much conversation through the years! May our dear Lord place his arms around all those he has touched and give them strength and peace at this time. Bless you, prayers and love to the family, Dennis, Susan & Carley Hopkins


Ruth Stauffer

October 31, 2018 at 8:15 am

Oh Jan, I am so saddened to hear about Greg. He was your best friend. He will be deeply missed. I am so glad that he put his faith in God and trusted Christ as his Lord and savior. What a glorious hope you have, you will see him again healthy and whole.


Judy VanDenBerg

October 31, 2018 at 8:45 am

Janet and family So very sorry for the passing of Greg he will be dearly missed


Jeanette Coleman

October 31, 2018 at 9:13 am

Dear Jan, Andrew and Jenny I am sending love, hugs and prayers. Such a great loss for all of you. I remember him as a kind and thoughtful man who always smiled. Greg along with Jan raised 2 amazing children with great humor and love. ❤️


Timothy and Judy Gates Hayes

October 31, 2018 at 10:42 am

So sorry to hear about Greg. What a kind and gentle man. Keep his memories close to your heart and he will be with you always. Prayers for Janet and his family.


Sandy and Dan Fleming

October 31, 2018 at 11:27 am

Janet and Family, Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to you and you entire family. Greg was a great person. I can remember the first time I met him. Jan and Greg bought our house over on Grant Street in Otsego. I do believe it was the first home they bought. And he definitely made a great impression on both of us. I worked with Jan at Parker Hannifin and after they started their family they were both dedicated to each other as well as their family to make their lives together a happy, joyous adventure. We only have seen Greg and Jan in stores and on the street in passing each other. But he always went out of his way to speak to us. I know that he will be missed by many and my heart and prayers goes out to the family. May you Rest in Peace now and forever Greg.


Clare & Julie Lodenstein

October 31, 2018 at 11:27 am

Jenny and Family,,,You are all in our thoughts and Prayers,,Hugs to each of you,,,


Heidi Hotchkiss

October 31, 2018 at 12:38 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I have many memories of Greg goofing around with Dave, he had such a great sense of humor and was always a pleasure to be around. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.


Aaron and Melanie

October 31, 2018 at 1:03 pm

Sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers are with you.


David & Jane Kling

October 31, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Dear Janet & Family,

We are so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. May the many happy memories and laughter you shared bring all of you comfort and peace in the days and weeks to come. May the Lord bless and keep you all in his care.


Deb and Tim

October 31, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Jan and family

You have our deepest sympathy with the loss of Greg. He loved our Lord so much and shared that with everyone he knew. Last I seen Greg he was telling of his upcoming surgery and said he just didn’t know how people faced the unpleasant things in life if they didn’t know the Lord. I know how much his physical being here on earth will be missed, but I also know with the strong faith all the Martin’s have they know he isn’t suffering anymore and he is with God. Jan and family you are in our thoughts and prayers through your time of grief..Love All of You.


Doug & Judith Ketchum

October 31, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Dear Jan, Jenny & Andrew~~~

We are saddened to learn of Greg’s passing. We send our sincerest condolences to you, and your entire family.

May the Lord comfort you—

Doug & Judith


Stan Town

October 31, 2018 at 4:28 pm

My condolences to the entire family on your loss.


Gretchen Kershaw

October 31, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Jan, Andrew & Jenny & Family,

My prayers are with you all. Greg is an amazing man who truly loves his SAVIOR JESUS! He was always ready to be used by the LORD in any capacity. His heart was pure and he has a very genuine soul. It has been a blessing to me to be able to share several ministry opportunities with him as well as your family. You are and always will have a very special place in my heart. Hold fast to the promises of GOD knowing that HE will NEVER FAIL you just as HE NEVER failed Greg.

You are anchored to the KING OF GLORY and I know that HE will give you strength and peace that surpasses all understanding in the days to come. Greg is singing with the angels now and has been embraced by the LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH! He is healed, He is strong, He is whole and He is in your future! For there will come a day when the LORD shall return for those of us that are alive and remaining and what a glorious day that shall be.

Well done brother in CHRIST….well done! Sending our love & prayers to you Jan and your family.

Love Gretchen, Sierra, Kershaw family and Grace Mercy Luv Ministry Brethren.



October 31, 2018 at 6:15 pm

Jan, Jen and Andrew~ please never ever forget what a great soul your Husband, dad was! Everyone just loved him… God Bless and hugs my dears… Tammy Leonard And kids and Greg Bent


Rod and Diane Evink

October 31, 2018 at 6:16 pm

Jan and family. We are so sorry for your lost. Our prayers are with you.


Tom and Anne Holewa

October 31, 2018 at 6:39 pm

Our condolences to Jan, children, Aunt Lois, and extended family. Greg was a man of deep faith and spoke frequently of his love for God. May he now rest in the arms of Jesus.


Elaine & Irv Figel

October 31, 2018 at 6:49 pm

Jan, Jenny and Andrew, Irv and I are sadden to learn of Greg’s passing! Greg was a wonderful husband, father grandfather and friend! So many wonderful memories! Please know that we will keep you all in our prayers for healing and comfort during this difficult time!


Amber Breedveld

October 31, 2018 at 9:29 pm

So very sorry for your loss, sending love and prayers.


Willie Harrison

October 31, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Sorry Janet for your lose of greg he was a great guy I enjoyed working with him at Parker and some good laughs back in high school ! May he Rest In Peace ! Willie Harrison


Michelle Abbey

October 31, 2018 at 11:28 pm

I’m so sorry Janet. God bless you and your family. I remember your courtship and wedding. I regret not staying in touch……


Cindy Mills

November 1, 2018 at 9:02 am

Jan, Andrew and Jenny,

I am so very sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. What a wonderful husband, father and grandfather he was! Praying for peace and comfort to surround all of you in the days and weeks to come. Sending love and hugs…..


Pastor Tom and Amie Hubbard

November 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm

What a blessing Greg has been to so many! We are so thankful for the privilege of knowing him. His love for God and earnest desire to live for Him is inspiring. We are so sorry for your loss and want to extend our deepest sympathies. So thankful for the promise in God’s Word that we will be reunited again! May the peace of God comfort you and may you feel His sweet presence always especially near.


Don & Deb Van Hoe

November 1, 2018 at 10:03 pm

Going to miss Greg at all the grand kids sporting events and eating out after words. He had a lot of stories to share and many many “do you remember this,” especially old TV shows we used to watch. He was a great guy. Thoughts and prayers to the family


Wendy Stafford

November 2, 2018 at 7:12 am

Jan and family, how bittersweet to know that Greg is at home in heaven, but leaves such a hole behind here. Whenever I think of him, I think of his kindness.


Dawn Cook

November 2, 2018 at 7:57 am


Just heard of Greg’s passing. So very sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


jack and julie buck

November 2, 2018 at 10:02 am

Jan and family, sorry for the loss of Gregs earthly life. He is with JESUS now face to face ! getting all of his questions answered. Our prayer is that the FAMILY have PEACE that only our HEAVENLY FATHER can give.


Alfie Lister

November 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm

So so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. He was a blessing to many, and we (Allegan SDA) always looked forward to Tuesday bible study, as Greg would be there, handing me a CD and asking me to play it for him at the end of the study, and he would get up to the microphone and sing for us. What a joy that was!

May God bring you peace and comfort. Tthoughts and prayers to the family.

God bless you all.


Dan and Linda Bushouse

November 3, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Jan and family, we are so sorry we just heard of Greg’s passing. We are praying for comfort and strength for you in the coming days.


Terry Reott

November 11, 2018 at 2:09 am

Dear Janet and kids,

God has blessed us all with the presence of Greg. He was such an inspiration with a beautiful voice and such a desire to praise God. I do not know you but saw how you stood strong while Greg was being hospitalized. I was able to be at the memorial and saw the family’s love being poured out on all of us as we said our goodbyes. Feel the support of everyone who loved Greg. Janet, If there is anything I am able to do to help you, please contact me. You have my number.

Prayerfully with a saddened heart, Terry

Member of Allegan SDA church.

Your Greg is dearly missed so very much. I’m grateful that I got to meet you, Janet. Love


Ellyn & Jim Deneau

November 12, 2018 at 3:29 pm

I am saddened to hear of the Loss of Greg Martin. He was a kind and

friendly man and always upbeat every time we would run into him, where ever that may be. My Condolences to Jan and the family on

this tremendous loss. I know he is now with Jesus in heaven.

Love in Christ,

The Jim Deneau Family


Terry & Char Bonnell

November 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm

Jan & family,

We are so sorry for your loss. God’s love truly shined through Greg, both inside and outside. May you feel God’s loving embrace during this difficult time. Much love and hugs to all of you.



February 10, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Jan & Jenny & Andrew,

Im so sorry for your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers.


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