Gary L Martin

January 7, 1941 - July 27, 2021

COLUMBUS, KANSAS: Gary L. Martin, age 80, entered eternal rest with all of his family beside him on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

Gary was born January 7, 1941 in Columbus. His parents were Leonard and Juanita (Meeds) Martin. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus.

Gary was a farmer. He loved his occupation and continued to work the ground until his retirement in 2008. He had served on the ASCS Board and had been active in the Columbus Jaycees as a young man. He was a member of First Christian Church, Columbus.

He enjoyed many trips traveling with family and friends, spending time at the lake camping and fishing, and other outdoor activities including hunting and skeet shooting. His favorite companion, Tootsie, was always close by his side. He also enjoyed preparing for the return of the Purple Martins every year.

Gary is survived by his wife Myrna. They were married on December 18, 1960 in Columbus. They, along with their family, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past year.

Additional survivors include two daughters, Janet Crowell (David), Oklahoma City, OK and Karen Brownlee (Rod), Santa Rosa, CA; one brother, Neil Martin, Columbus; one sister, Colleen Johnson, Columbus; 4 grandchildren, Lindsey Buntin (Cody), Kelsey Stone (Russell), Tyler Brownlee (Veronica), and Taylor VanBebber (Teddy) and 7 great-grandchildren, Jace, Bella, Jensen, Jax, Brielle, Brody and Theo. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Bob Stehl (Sandra), Overland Park, KS.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jennifer Crowell.

Funeral services will be noon on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, Kansas. Neil Martin and Roger Beason will officiate. Burial will be in Carl Junction Cemetery, Carl Junction, MO.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until noon, Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Derfelt Funeral Home, Columbus, KS.