Russell Vernon Martin, age 77, of Miles City, passed away on March 25, 2015 at his home in Miles City with his family by his side.
Russ was born on August 19, 1937 in Melstone, MT. He was the son of Russell D. and Vera (Willy) Martin. He grew up going to various grade schools. Russ often joked about attending 12 different schools before he graduated High School. He graduated High School from Miles City. He attended a year of college in Bozeman, MT and shortly after he married Peggy Jacobson. To this marriage they had four children: Curt, Doug, Naomi and Nanette. Russ started out as a fireman in 1962 and retired as a Fire Chief in 1988. He also worked as a flooring installer from 1965 until 2009. He always kept his family first and did whatever it took to provide for them. Russ enjoyed the outdoors. Fishing and hunting were two of his favorite pastimes. The biggest love of Russ’s life was his family. He was a lifelong member of the Eagles for 40 years and a member of the First Lutheran Church.
Russ is survived by his wife Peggy of 57 years; his daughters: Naomi (Scott) Rhodes, of Eureka, MT and Nanette Wade of Miles City, MT; his sisters: Nancy (Joe) Griesgraber and Wanda (Willy) Hodgson. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Aaron Martin, John Martin, Tim Martin, Matthew Wade, Jimmy Wade, Sarah Wade, Andy Wade, Willie Wade, Caitlyn Martin, Ethan Martin and great grandchildren Dillon Martin, Brekin Wade, Willa Martin and Annika Wade. Russ was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and his sons Curt & Doug.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.