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“Deepest sympathy to entire family. The love you all have for eachother testifies of the love he had for you. ”
1 of 2 | Posted by: Sue Turner - Sterling, IL

“My heart is breaking for the entire family. He was a great man and was loved by many! Rest in Peace. ”
2 of 2 | Posted by: Mary Tryggestad - Milledgeville, IL

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James O. Martin, 79 of Rock Falls died Monday February 26, 2018 at CGH Medical center in Sterling.

He was born on July 10, 1938 in Des Moines, IA the son of Bertchel and Ann (Richardson) Martin and served two years in the US Navy. He married the former Arlene (Shuman) DeGroot on September 12, 1981 in Sterling. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling before retiring.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene; his mother Annie Waters of Sterling; six children: Kim (Howard) Glispie of Rock Falls, Kelly Brown of Sterling, Kris (Hector) Raygoza of Tucson, AZ, Kathi Martin of Sterling, Jim Martin of Tucson, AZ and Karen (John) Conley of Colorado; step children: Jerry (Tina) DeGroot of Rock Falls, Lonnie DeGroot of Rock Falls, Larry DeGroot of Rock Falls, Chris (Donna) DeGroot of Lanark and Craig DeGroot of Rock Falls; his sister Mary (Steve) Nichols of Rock Falls; his brothers: Lloyd (Peggy) Woodson of Lake Charles, LA and John (Monica) Woodson of South Carolina; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Clarence Woodson.

Visitation will be Friday March 2, 2018 from 9-10 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. The funeral will follow at 10 AM with the Reverend Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be estabslihed.