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Thomas L. Martin Sr.

Tom passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 28, 1942 in Plainwell, the son of Robert and Bessie (Brown) Martin. Tom was a 1960 Otsego High School graduate and lifelong resident of the area. He worked for Statler Redi Mix and Graff Trucking for many years. He also served as a fireman for the Kalamazoo Fire Department. Tom loved hunting, fishing and watching horse races. He was a life member of the FFA and 4-H. In 1977 he married Ruth Ann Frost who survives.

Also surviving are his children Pete (Penny) Martin of Kalamazoo, Thomas Jr. (Jan) Martin of Otsego, Sarah (Harold) Hammond of Allegan, Michelle (Pete) Anderson of Martin, Matt Dugga of Canada and Terry Kott of Kalamazoo; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sally; children, Paul James Martin and Jeffrey Kott.

Friends may visit with Tom’s family from 6-8 PM, Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A private family burial will take place at Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South.

Contributions in memory of Tom may be made to the

Future Farmers of America


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Sandra Morrison

October 12, 2021 at 8:14 pm

Sorry for your loss peter God look over this family



October 13, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Dear Ruth Ann and Terry:

Reid and I were so sorry to learn of Tom’s passing. He was a genuinely nice man and a joy to be around. Our sincerest condolences.

Carl & Reid Osborn


Sandy Holland

October 14, 2021 at 1:25 am

So sorry to hear Tom has passed, What a good guy he was, we were cousins and liked just talking with him, growing up at grandma Martin’s having xmas dinner, we would always go upstairs and listen to my records, play games or just talk about school. He always had that smile and twinkle in his eye, he will be missed, prayers for the family,


Lynne & John Geweke, and Dorothy Osborn

October 14, 2021 at 7:44 pm

I will always remember Tom as the patient and skilled grill master for Osborn-Frost family reunions. Ruth Ann found a real gem in Tom, and we were happy to welcome him into our extended family for over 40 years. Rest in peace, Tom.


Veronica Crowell

October 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Sorry for your loss to the wife and family of Tom Martin . I was a 1960 graduate and had the pleasure of visiting with him at our September 18, class reunion this year. He always created you with a smile.

May your memories of him be comforting to you at this trying time.

Veronica Drobny Crowell


Sharon Dickey

October 15, 2021 at 2:55 pm

I’m sorry for your loss, Ruth Ann. Tom was a special guy.


Barb Punches Smalla

October 15, 2021 at 9:52 pm

Dear Ruth Ann and family. Iam so sorry for the loss of your precious and my dear cousin. The picture you chose for Tom’s obituary, was so perfect. He always had this warm, welcoming smile, that we will always remember.

I too remember the family gatherings at Gramma n Grandpa Marten’s and the great fun we all shared in, as a family —

there was always 3 generations of Martins present. . As I remember, Tommy, was one of the first devour his Pumpkin pie .. SMILING ALL THE WHILE

I know, that our loss 9f Tom here on earth, is GOD’S GAIN, THERE IN HEAVEN,. WE WILL SEE TOM AGAIN,,


Betty Anway

October 16, 2021 at 1:20 am

Ruth Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Tom. I am sure you take comfort in knowing he is visiting with his parents and family. And in awe of being in the presence of the Lord! God bless you and your family as He gives you strength and peace to carry on. Love Jody Punches Anway.


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