Glenn “Spike” R. Martin, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:51 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at his home. Born March 25, 1926, in Etna, he was the son of Chester Edward and Nita Gertrude (Keister) Martin.
He lived his entire life in Etna, graduating from North Webster High School with the Class of 1944. On Dec. 30, 1949, he married Boneta “Bonnie” Vesta Coverstone. Together they spent 63 years in Etna. He worked at Weatherhead, Columbia City, as a set-up operator for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Glenn was an avid Cubs baseball fan and IU basketball fan, and farming was his life.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Boneta “Bonnie” Vesta Martin of Columbia City; sons, Dale Leon (Alisa) Martin of Scottsburg; Gary Wayne (Sherry) Martin of Columbia City; daughter, Melodie Ann (Randy) Wolfe of Columbia City; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and sister, Iva Jean (Jim) Knapp of Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Thursday from 1:30 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Dr., Columbia City. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Carroll McNutt officiating. Burial will follow at Scott Cemetery, Kiester Addition, Columbia City. Memorial gifts may be given in Mr. Martin’s memory to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana or donor’s choice of charity. Visit www.demoneygrimes.com  to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.