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Wesley Martin


April 19, 1941
January 28, 2019

Visitation 12:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019, Irvin Macz Funeral Home- Centralia
Memorial Service 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 9, 2019, Irvin Macz Funeral Home-Centralia

A native of Centralia & a local artist, Wesley E. Martin, 77, ascended to heaven on Monday, January 28, 2019. He succumbed to Leukemia after a courageous three year battle, which claimed his precious life. He was the son of Clarence J. Martin & Geraldine (Maxfield) Martin. Wes was the second of eight children born to his mother.

Family left to mourn his passing: wife Mary; daughters Tina Martin, Centralia; & Suzette (Martin) Whisler of Dix, IL; devoted sister, Renée (Martin) Hobbs & husband, Duane, of Lancaster, PA; & sister, Bettie Anderson of Pine Bluff, AR; Other siblings: P.J. Winkler, Randy Bowman, & Bob Vensel. Additional close relatives: cousin, Junior Schuchman & sister-in-law, Kathy Walston & husband, Danny, all in Centralia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Cynthia L. Martin; sister, Glenna Drenckpohl; sister, Susie Johnson; & his faithful step-mother, LaDonne Leyerle. Wes also leaves many special friends to cherish his memory.

Wes was a very unique, fun-loving person blessed with good looks & countless abilities & talents. His drawings, paintings (which also included leather vests & vehicles) & wood burnings were well known & coveted. He created outstanding furniture; was a skilled mechanic; & jack-of-all -trades. He was well known in his neighborhood for smoking delicious ribs & pork roast in his huge smoker. Wes was a great Santa impersonator! He also possessed a keen sense of humor, & often used quick, funny quips & jokes.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, & was stationed in Japan, Vietnam, Korea, So. Africa, Philippines, & Cuba. He was a paratrooper & as he often said, “I jumped out of perfectly good airplanes.” While in the Marines, he was a competitive rodeo bull rider as well. He is proudly represented on the Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College. An avid outdoorsman & nature lover, he was an excellent hunter & fisherman. He raised horses, & was a biker (former A.B.A.T.E. member).

Participating in the Centralia Halloween Parade for many years, he won 1st prize for some of the characters he portrayed (Indian, knight in shining armor, Mexican, etc.) His beloved registered thoroughbred Appaloosa horse, Madron, was adorned to match his character.

For 20 years he was an outstanding re-enactor. He participated in: Illinois Territory Rangers; War of 1812 (Lewis & Clark – helped build an authentic keel boat); a member of the French Cannon Crew; & part of the 1st Infantry out of Ft. Madison, Iowa (at a genuine fort). He hand made all his own “perfect period uniforms” (one displayed as a Centralia Historical Museum exhibit) as well as dresses for his companions. He customized his flintlock rifle & was an outstanding marksman, winning countless metals at shooting competitions. He often portrayed American Indians as well. He created his own buckskin clothing with accessories from horns (of animals he had killed); done all his own fabulous bead work; & crafted headdresses, powder horns & tomahawks. His authentic items were in demand at rendezvous. He would have fit in well into any period of history.

By trade he was an auto mechanic, trucker, factory worker, & bus driver (school & luxury coach). In later years, he raised quality produce, which he sold. He & his wife Mary also owned & operated the “Bus Stop Diner” in Centralia.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th, at the Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Karl Barnfield officiating. Interment will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Centralia, where military rites will be accorded by Centralia VFW Post 2055 and American Legion Post 446. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to his family. Online condolences and memories of Wes may be shared with the family by visiting and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.