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Frank E Martinez

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Frank E Martinez, 93, of O’Fallon, IL, born Wednesday, July 27, 1927, in Kansas City, MO, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL.

Frank served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1968 serving WWII, Korean and Vietnam Wars and then worked at SAFB in Civil Service. Frank was an honorary member of O’Fallon Lodge #576 AF & AM., 65+ Year member of Wenona Lodge #344 AF & AM of Moberly, MO, Scottish Rite Bodies receiving MSA and Honorary 33rd Degree in 2000 in Pittsburg, PA, Most Wise Master in 1999, Scottish Rite Kitchen Committee Chairman, Ainad Shrine, Legion of Honor, Past President of Dania Shrine Club and Emeritus Ambassador. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of O’Fallon where is served as stand in Head Usher. He loved to play golf and had 4 hole-in-ones over the years. Member of Fleet Reserves and VFW. He loved God, Family and his Country.

He was preceded in death by his:

Surviving are his:

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Children’s Dyslexia Center, a Scottish Rite Charity.

Visitation: Visitation from 10:00 – 12 noon, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL with a Legion of Honor walk-through at 10:20 am followed by the Masonic Service, by O’Fallon Lodge # 576 at 10:30 am.

Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 12 noon, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Pastor Don Long officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. with Honors.

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#1 Comment By Mike Hughes On February 12, 2021 @ 9:04 pm

We played golf for over 20 years and it was always fun. Playing won’t be the same without Frank. Most important he was one of the best people I’ve ever known. Proud to say he was my friend.
RIP Frank

#2 Comment By ALLEN WIGGINS NARFE CHAP 1019 On February 14, 2021 @ 2:15 pm

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

#3 Comment By Robert C. Cummings On February 15, 2021 @ 8:19 pm

Frank was as fine a Man and Mason,as I have had the pleasure to know. Many years as a Gym Rat, early in the morning,just before going to play Golf. He said that it never rained on the Golf course. And it won’t where he will play next. His Garvey for Biscuits and Garvey was old Navy with lots of pepper. He served both at the Methodist Church and O’Fallon Lodge breakfasts.
May God grant him Peace at this time.

#4 Comment By ROBERT R EDWARDS On February 16, 2021 @ 9:32 am

Frank was one of the most wonderful individuals I’ve ever known. He was so thoughtful, kind, and unselfish. In my opinion he is an epitome of Tom Brokaw’s book “The Greatest Generation”. During our 25 years of golfing together, on numerous occasions after going to the gym then golfing he often had some activity to support or Cardinals ball game to attend. I never saw one individual except for Frank, sink so many 50 foot putts!!
You’re a wonderful soul in heaven!

#5 Comment By Irvin and Shirley Degroff On February 17, 2021 @ 7:47 am

Frank was a lifelong friend and a wonderful man of giving to others. His love and charity to others will be sorely missed by everyone’s life that he touched. Our family’s heart goes out to the loss and sorrow felt by his family and extended family.

#6 Comment By Gregory Bayley On February 22, 2021 @ 5:37 pm

Played golf with Frank for over 30 years, a friend and a great person. Very giving man and a special person

#7 Comment By Rommie Martinez-Rutherford On February 23, 2021 @ 8:31 pm

Frank was the oldest of five. My father was Jorge the youngest of the five Martinez kids. Those kids grew up to be so close. When their mother Connie had a heart attack, Uncle Frank took grandma in and he and aunt Terry took care of grandma for a long time.. Her condition improved and eventually she went into a nursing home and all 5 of them went every Sunday to visit. I enjoyed going along and listening to them telling one joke after another. When grandma past on, they all continued to gather at each other houses once a month. I will miss my uncle and I love him very much.❤️