John Negus Martin

1926 - 2020

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John Negus Martin, 93 of Findlay, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Sunrise of Findlay. John was born on October 5, 1926 in Kalamazoo, MI to the late Lowell Seaton Martin and Thelma Irene Negus. John grew up in Kalamazoo attending Milwood schools and in Indianapolis, IN graduating from Broad Ripple H.S. in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. John served on the YO 226 attaining the rank of Quartermaster 3rd Cl. After his discharge John attended Butler University, graduating in 1949. John was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity and Sphinx Honorary. While there, John met his future bride, Peggy Ann Maloney, whom he married in the University Chapel on January 14, 1950. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage before Peggy passed on in 2002. After college, John became a salesman for Van Camp Hardware and Iron Co. and he and Peggy moved back to Kalamazoo in 1954 residing on Southern Ave. In 1960 he joined Ithaca Gun Co. and moved to Findlay, OH. In 1967 he joined Crosman Co. as district sales manager earning several Outstanding Sales Manager awards, retiring in 1989. While living in Kalamazoo, John was a member of the Jaycees and the Milwood Methodist Church. After moving to Findlay he became a member of the Findlay Elks and the First Presbyterian Church. During the 60’s John and his wife were the parent chaperones of the church youth group. John enjoyed hunting, sport shooting, fishing, golf and boating. For many years they docked their boat at Bay Point on Lake Erie. After retirement John and Peg split their time between 2 homes, one in Green Valley, AZ and one in Marblehead, OH. John eventually settled back into Findlay in the early 2000’s. John was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy and his sister, Mary Caryl Lawson. He is survived by his children Joseph (Paula), Houston, TX; Daniel (LuAnn), Hickory, NC; Jane (Robert) Oler, Findlay; and Thomas (Tiffani), Van Buren. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Sunrise of Findlay and Elara Caring Hospice for the wonderful care that they provided to John. We would like to give a very special Thank you to Mary Ann Businger for her dedication and loving care that she provided day in and day out during Dad’s stay there. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Elara Caring Hospice or charity of the donor’s choice. Visitation will be at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 205 W. Sandusky St, Findlay, OH on Wednesday, July 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday morning from 10-11, with the Celebration of Life to begin at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bob Cochran officiating. Burial will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery immediately after. Online condolences may be left for the family at coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, July 22nd 2020 5:00 - 8:00 PM
    Thursday, July 23rd 2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Celebration of Life:

    Thursday, July 23rd 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Gardens [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, OH 44804

  • Contributions:

    Elara Caring (Hospice)
    Great Lakes Caring
    900 S. Cooper St.
    Jackson, Michigan 49201

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To : Jane Mandy Ora Martin Bros
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Ur New Mexico Family
Our thoughts n prayers r with ur family thru this difficult time! Our deepest sympathy n also special blessings to Bob n Neeli Oler! Our Love and Prayers to u all! God Bless U n gave u peace n strength!



To : John Negus Martin
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Jim Linda Hurt
Jane; Joe; Tom; Dan: So sorry to hear about your Father. John was a close friend of Linda & I for over 40 years. When we lived in Findlay, they lived 2 doors from us and as Tom said yesterday, we wore a path in the woods leading from our house to John & Peg's. We shared many an evening at their house dancing (w/Rufus) to swing music or down at the Dog House singing with Betty. We will miss him & Peg very much. God bless.



To : All of the Martins
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Kim Carty
I wanted to say I am sorry for your loss and that I am thinking of you. I think of you all every time I travel down Washington Avenue. Our families had some good times on that street.



To : Jane and Dan
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Chris Pletcher Simon
Jane and Dan, I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. I remember your parents and your big house! They were always so nice to put up with us when we were young! Always had fun with you Jane and sorry your goung through this.



To : Bob and Jane Oler
Date :Saturday, July 25th 2020
From : Nita Marquart
My sincere condolences.



To : Jane Mandy Ora and Bob
Date :Thursday, July 23rd 2020
From : The Montoya
We are sincerely sorry for your loss and wish we had the honor of knowing your dad/ grandpa even more. The stories you all told, spoke volumes about the truly great person that he was. We pray God is with you during this hard time. We love you and are thinking about you.
Love you lots,
The Montoya’s



To : Joe Dan Jane and Tom
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Greg and Beth Meyers
Joe, Dan, Jane and Tom, Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad. Of course, I have fond memories of your Mom and Dad and family. We all go back a few years! Your Mom and Dad were always fun to be with. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Greg and Beth Meyers



To : John Martin Family
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Bill and Jacque Lewis
Time for our old buddy john to go meet his darling Peg. The fun we all had together, here and AZ.



To : Joe
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Lisa Adler Brinkmann
Hi Joe, sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Best, Lisa



To : Dan and Joe Martin
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Steve Stough
Hi guys!! Sorry to hear that your father has passed on.
I would visit you at the funeral home but I’m in the UP of Michigan this week. He sounds like he had a long life and a great career... you both can be proud.



To : Dan and Joe Martin
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Steve Stough
Hi guys!! Sorry to hear that your father has passed on.
I would visit you at the funeral home but I’m in the UP of Michigan this week. He sounds like he had a long life and a great career... you both can be proud.



To : Joe
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Lisa Adler Brinkmann
Hi Joe, sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Best, Lisa



To : The Martin Family
Date :Tuesday, July 21st 2020
From : Chris Peterman
John was a very kind man. I fondly remember peering over the fence to tell him hello. Many blessings to all of you as you grieve and remember your Dad.

Sincerely,
Chris Peterman




To : Family of John Martin
Date :Wednesday, July 22nd 2020
From : Ann Steinbarger niece and cousin
To Joe, Dan, Jane and Tom,
Sorry to hear of Uncle John’s passing. He was a special man and we always enjoyed spending time with your family during our ‘growing-up years’. I remember Uncle Johnny always smiling! Cherish the wonderful memories!!
With love,
Ann & Ray



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