Robert Lee “Bob” Martin
December 6, 1945 – September 15, 2023
Robert Lee Martin was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on December 6, 1945 to Charles and Mary Martin. He was the youngest of five children, having had three older brothers and one older sister. He attended St. Rose Grade School and Ryan High School.
Bob experienced an idyllic childhood while growing up in South Omaha during the ’50s and ’60s, and made many lifelong friendships.
After graduating from high school in 1964, Bob worked at H.P. Smith Ford and, later, for Mactier Bros. Livestock Commission. Changes in the livestock market in the 1960s led to the decline of the livestock industry. Realizing that a career change was imminent, Bob began working for Union Pacific Railroad and retired thirty-plus years later as a Railroad Engineer.
Bob’s interests included golf, monthly lunches with his Ryan High classmates, serving as President of his townhouse association, reading about the Civil War and World War II, traveling, cheering on his favorite sports teams, and spending time with his children, ten grandchildren, siblings and friends.
Bob had four children from two marriages: Kevin, Keri, Scott and Lindsey. He taught them to study hard, work hard, be honest and to live the best life that God had given them. He was a strict, no-nonsense disciplinarian but always tried to be fair.
Bob had a passion for the Civil War and World War II and even had an entire room in his townhome decorated in Civil War decor. He enjoyed discussing battles and leaders and read numerous books about wars.
Bob enjoyed country music, mostly The Statler Brothers, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and John Denver, to name a few. He was proud of his Irish heritage and loved listening to traditional Irish music.
Bob never went to bed without first praying the Rosary. His Catholic faith was a focal point in his life.
Bob left this life to be with the Lord on September 15, 2023. After a full and productive life, God granted him rest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary Martin; brother, Kenneth Martin; and brother-in-law, Jerome Berger.
Those left to cherish his memory are his four children: Kevin (Meghan) Martin, Keri Rethmeier, Scott Martin, all of Omaha, Nebraska, and Lindsey (Patrick) O’Brien of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; ten grandchildren: Connor, Anna, McKenna (William), Madison, Macy, Nolan, Molly, Martin, Peter, and Edward; siblings: Donald (Rosemary) Martin, James (Kay) Martin, and Carol Ann Berger; sister-in-law, Loraine Martin; many nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: Thursday, September, 21, 2023, 5-7 p.m., at the West Center Chapel, followed by a VIGIL SERVICE: at 7 p.m. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Friday, September 22, 2023, 10 a.m., at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 3122 S 74th St., INTERMENT: Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Cure Starts Now Foundation: Jimmy Moran Tribute Funds, https://p2p.thecurestartsnow.org/1458. To view a live broadcast of the Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.