James Martin


Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for James L. Martin, 99, a resident of Davenport, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 12, 2010 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Davenport.

Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday in the gathering space at the church. James died Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Good Samaritan Care Center, Davenport.

James L. Martin was born December 25, 1910 in Rural Scott County, Iowa, a son of Thomas and Johanna (Doyle) Martin. Jim was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Shradel on September 1, 1936 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Riverside, IA. Evelyn died September 30, 2007. They had celebrated seventy-one years together. 

Mr. Martin was a purchasing agent for Ryan & Associates retiring in 1985. He had also served as vice president and purchasing agent of Moline Heating Company. He was there for 29 years. Jim was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, AARP, and the Quad City Times Plus 60 Club. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; he especially cherished the time he spent with family. Jim was a fan of the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals, and of Notre Dame football. He thoroughly enjoyed the neighborhood he lived in since 1953. The little kids of the neighborhood captured his heart. His smile will be missed.


Memorials may be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or to the family.

Those left to honor his memory include his daughter Mary Jo Bleuer, Davenport, and daughter-in-law, Mary Louise Hiebing Martin, Scottsdale, AZ; grandchildren, Robert Martin, Huntington Beach, CA; Timothy Martin and his daughters Kelsey and Jackie all of Phoenix, AZ; Barbara (Barry) Van Norman of Scottsdale, AZ, and their daughters Amy (Jeremy) and Christine of Phoenix, AZ; and Kathy (Jim) Brewer of Scottsdale, AZ, and their daughters Katie, Jenny, and Mary Christine; and niece and nephew who were more like a daughter and son, Nancy and Jerry Kloppenborg.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Evelyn, a son William L. Martin April 10, 2000 and a son-in-law, Arthur Bleuer, October 21, 2000; sisters, Marie and Theresa, brothers, John, Thomas, and Bernard. May they rest in peace. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Jim’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com


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