He born April 2, 1922, in Oak Ridge, son of Ira and Carrie Moore Martin. He and Grace Wilson were married June 5, 1942, in Chaffee, Mo. She passed away July 20, 2001.
Spud graduated from Oak Ridge High School in 1939. On Oct. 19, 1942, he was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was honorably discharged Jan. 6, 1946, as a staff sergeant, receiving four Bronze Service Stars for the Luzon, Western Pacific, Air Offensive Japan and South Philippine Campaigns.
During service, he received an associate's degree in electrical and hydraulic engineering from Texas A&M in 1942. He also received additional training from the University of Maryland in aeronautical engineering. He was an aircraft engineer and bombardier/navigator with the 13th Air Force.
After his return home, Spud worked at the former Jackson Hosiery Mill, the former Davis Electric Co. in Cape Girardeau, and the former Werner Plumbing and Heating in Jackson a number of years. In 1976 he established Glenn N. Martin Heating and Air Conditioning, retiring in 1988. He moved to Jackson in 1999.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Spud enjoyed the outdoors. He taught a gun safety course through the Missouri Conservation Department in Cape Girardeau. Anyone who knew Spud knew that he loved to "swap stories"!
Loving survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Linda Schulte Martin; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Fred Mabuce, all of Jackson; four grandchildren, Kyle (Misty) Mabuce of Jackson, Nicole (Craig) Rhodes of South Elgin, Ill., Amanda Martin of St. Louis, Landon Martin of Jackson; and a great-grandson, Jack Mabuce.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Stan Hargis officiating. Interment will follow in Goshen Cemetery in Oak Ridge with graveside military honors.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Southeast Hospice.
Sympathy messages may be sent to the family online at mccombsfuneralhome.com.