Allen V. Martin Sr., 94, of Winfield, passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 20, 2021 at the Kansas Veterans Home.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26 at Miles Funeral Service. Burial is at 1 p.m. March 12 at the Milton Cemetery.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the funeral home. The family will greet visitors from 4 to 6 p.m.
A memorial has been established in Allen’s name for the American Lung Association. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born May 1, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., Allen was the son of Houston and Gladys (Giggy) Martin. He was raised and educated while on the family farm in Norwich. Allen joined the U.S. Army in November 1944, working as a mail handler in San Francisco. He served his country until his honorable discharge on May 17, 1946.
Allen married Patsy A. Jones on Dec. 24, 1949 at the First United Methodist Church in Winfield. The couple made their home in Winfield.
Allen began his career as a route salesman for Coca-Cola before moving to Pepsi Cola in 1951. He remained at Pepsi for more than 40 years, retiring in 1990. After retiring he continued stocking shelves for Pepsi for another eight years.
Allen enjoyed riding his motorcycle and having coffee at McDonald’s, then biscuits and gravy at Bleu’s during retirement.
Patsy preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2017.
Allen was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Winfield and the antique car club. He enjoyed waterskiing, camping, woodworking and playing shuffleboard.
In addition to his parents and wife, Allen was preceded in death by two sons, Anvil Martin and Alvin Martin; a daughter, Linda Miller; three brothers, Keith Summers, Alvin Martin and Houston Martin; and one sister Mary Johnson.
His family includes his son, Allen V. Martin Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Winfield; his daughters, Gloria Stoddard and husband, Gilbert, of Winfield, and Teresa Wylie and husband, Rick, of Derby; his 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.