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Raymond Earl Martin, age 91, of Lamoni, IA, the son of Emery E. and Nora Zelda (Fish) Martin, was born December 16, 1930, in Ringgold County, IA. He left this life on Monday, November 14, 2022, at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, IA.
Ray grew up around Lamoni, IA. After his schooling he farmed with his dad. On June 15, 1949, he married Carla Jean Hightshoe at Kellerton, IA. They made their home and raised their five children, Ronald, Donald, Michael, Joyce and Mark, in the Clarion, IA area. In 1970, the couple moved to Lamoni where Ray owned and operated Martin Construction. Carla died on June 16, 1996. In 1997, Ray married Etta Jean (Bennet) Higdon. Her children, Paul, Kathryn and Charles, also became a part of his family.
In his free time and after retirement, Ray enjoyed the outdoors while fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling in his camper and spending time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Carla; daughter-in-law, Lisa Martin; and his siblings, Alberta Buzzard, Garland, Rex, Bob and Jay Martin and their spouses.
Survivors include his children, Ron and Leanna Martin of West Des Moines, IA, Don and Christine Martin of Myrtle Beach, SC, Mike Martin of Coralville, IA, Joyce and Dale Hardin of New Braunfels, TX and Mark and Nancy Martin of Grimes, IA; stepchildren, Paul and Kim Higdon, Kathryn and Jeff Harpenau and Charles and Jami Higdon; 10 grandchildren and five step grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren; brothers-in-law, James and Marlene Hightshoe of Littleton, CO and Jerry and Ila Hightshoe of Pinellas Park, FL; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A memorial gathering will be held at the Lamoni United Methodist Church in Lamoni, IA on Friday, December 9, 2022, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A private burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, IA.
Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Chapter of Iowa or EveryStep Hospice in Mount Ayr, IA in Ray’s memory.

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