Dale R. Martin, 81, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019, prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Dale R. Martin Memorial Fund. The memorials may be mailed to Kris Talbot, PO Box 345, Geneseo, IL 61254.
Dale was born on August 11, 1937, the son of James and Ethel (Jaquet) Martin, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1955. He married Janice C. Benson on June 17, 1956, in Geneseo. She preceded him in death, October 12, 2012. Dale owned and operated Hoky Central Incorporated, with his wife Janice, for forty years. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan. He was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church, enjoyed fishing, and especially loved his grandsons and the time that was spent with them.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Julie Martin, Redondo Beach, CA, and Kristine Talbot, Geneseo; grandsons, Marty (Nicole) Talbot, and Travis Talbot; and brother-in-law, Robert (Kathy) Benson, Geneseo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Janice, infant grandson Perry J. Talbot, brother, Robert Martin, and sister-in-law, Merle Martin. To share a message of sympathy with Dale’s family, visit www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.