Duane Martin


Duane A. Martin, 56, of Seymour, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016, at Columbus Regional Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born January 7, 1960, in Crossville, Tennessee, the son of Dr. Carl and Doris (Brown) Martin.

He married Joellen Waltz on July 9, 1983, in Seymour, Indiana, and she survives. He is also survived by his mother; his children, Hannah (Blake) Burke, Cecily Martin and Reid (Janell) Martin; one grandson, Simon Burke; three sisters, Debra (Doug) Crawley, Donna (Jim) Strader and Darla Martin; his father-in-law, Donald (Sandra) Waltz; sister-in-law, Melody (Mike) Hageman; brother-in-law, Tony (Robin) Waltz; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Duane graduated from Bloomington North High School where he was a member of the baseball team. He then attended Indiana University where he majored in business. He was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (FIGI) fraternity where he acquired the nickname “Buzzard”. He owned The Floor Store, Carpet One and Riverside Carpet One for over 30 years. He also owned Historic Construction and Restoration where he was a house-flipper extraordinaire. Duane had a love for old buildings where he could pour out his creative ideas and restore places back to their original beauty. He enjoyed working in his barns and shops to remodel his own home and create and build a variety of projects. Duane enjoyed golfing, traveling and days at the lake. He had a special love for his family and an exceptional bond with his grandson, Simon. He entertained everyone he knew with his good humor, infectious smile, large personality and genuine love for life.

Duane was a member of First Baptist Church in Seymour where he taught the high school Sunday school class weekly and played his trumpet during services. He was very active in all youth programs at churches he attended. Duane’s favorite ability in life was giving and helping those in need by providing or finding employment, housing, etc. He loved making people’s lives better and seeing them prosper. He was a builder and restorer of lives and buildings.

Duane had a strong faith in Jesus Christ, his savior, and he has finally reached his home in Heaven. “The Buzzard has landed!”

He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Peggy Waltz.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 18, 2016, at Seymour First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive, with Pastor Johnnie Spivey officiating. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery. Friends and family may gather from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Voss Chapel and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Duane Martin Memorial Fund for Trade’s Training through Voss & Sons Funeral and Crematory Service, Seymour, Indiana.

A complete obituary may be viewed on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.