Ivan L. ‘JR’ Martz, 80, of Leesburg, Ind., passed away on Aug. 25, 2014, at the Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born on July 27, 1934, to Ivan and Mildred (Stouder) Martz. He was a lifelong resident of Nappanee, Ind., and Leesburg. He attended Cable School and Nappanee High School.
He worked as a farm hand, salesman and retired as a truck driver for Fairmont Homes. He attended the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 154. He proudly served his country in the US Army reserves for 12 years. Ivan enjoyed traveling, camping, golf and bowling.
He is survived by his wife: Yvonne Martz, Leesburg; two sons: William (Ina) Martz, Nappanee, Ind.; Terry (Penny) Martz, Nappanee; four daughters: Marcia (Leroy) Moon, Elkhart, Ind.; Annette Martz, Nappanee; Amy Allard, Elkhart; Dawn Martz, California; two stepsons: Robert (Debbie) Rector, Pierceton, Ind.; James (Diane) Rector, Rochester, Ind.; three stepdaughters: Peg Hartsough, Cromwell, Ind.; Kathy (RD) Griffin, Arkansas; Carol Fulford, Arkansas; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six siblings: Carolyn Weber, Nappanee; Sandy Martz, Mishawaka, Ind.; Richard (Kathy) Martz, Ohio; Gary (LaVonne) Martz of Nappanee, Denny (Melody) Martz of Elkhart and Ronnie (Nancy) Martz, Elkhart.
He was preceded by his parents; a sister: Marilyn Hamilton; and his son: Robert Martz.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Eastlund Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the funeral home, with pastor Brad Cox officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wawasee Lakeside Chapel.