John Louis Martin

John L Martin, 85, passed from this life on 25 February 2017 at his home. John was born in Pittsburgh PA to James and Caroline Martin. He grew up in a large family with 4 brothers and 5 sisters and valued the close ties with his family. He enlisted in the Army in 1948. Ten years later on his second assignment at Ft Knox he met and married the love of his life Virginia Bogard. His military career included service in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, 2 Overseas Bars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 4 campaign stars, and the National Defense Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. He retired in 1971 in the grade of CW2, and made his home in Elizabethtown, working at Ft Knox in vehicle maintenance. He is a member of St James Catholic Church. John's faith could be seen through acts of love, he was always willing to help anyone in need. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren. The last years of his life were difficult, fighting long battles with both multiple mylomea and Alzheimers. He was able to win the fight with cancer, but Alzheimers slowly took everything but his love. He was preceded by his wife Virginia, his parents, brothers Fran and David, sisters Dorothy Puglio and Helen Gold. John is survived by his son Ronald Martin, daughter Patricia (Craig) Brown, grandsons Garrett and Jordan Brown, his brothers Richard and Thomas Martin, sisters Patricia Allman, Mary Lipinski, Bernadette Raab and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and after 9 am Saturday at Brown Funeral Home. A Mass will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St James Catholic Church with Rev. Martin Linebach officiating. Interrment will be at a later date at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Hosparus or for Mylomea or Alzheimers research. Condolences may be expressed online at


Friday, March 3, 2017 from 3:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Brown Funeral Home

Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Brown Funeral Home


Saturday, March 4, 2017 starting at 11:00 AM
St. James Catholic Church

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