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Lawrence "Larry" William Martin
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Lawrence “Larry” Martin 94, of Waterloo died Sunday July 8, at Covenant Medical Center. He was born December 3, 1923 in Nashua the son of William and Kathryn Driscoll Martin. He married Valeria Kuchynka July 19, 1948 at St. John’s in Waterloo.

Larry graduated from Nashua high school in 1942. He served our country honorably and proudly as a signalman in the United States Navy Armed Guard in World War II. He served on two Liberty ships, the SS John Howard Payne in the Salerno Italy invasion and later on the SS Ezra Meeker in the Pacific and finally the tanker Gulf Wing. After the war he returned to Waterloo and was a firefighter for the Waterloo Fire Dept. for 32 ½ years retiring as a Lieutenant in 1978.

Survived by: two sons, Greg (Lee Ann) Martin of Rochester, Minn. and Stuart (Coleen) Martin of Montrose, Calif; two daughters, Maurita Martin of Lancaster, Calif. and Colleen (Robert) Olson of Traverse City, Mich.; 13 grandchildren, Martin Fleming, Moiri Fleming, Cory Olson, Jessica Pennington, Justin Pennington, Miles Martin, Madeleine Martin, Sydney Martin, Serena Ivy, Lauren Steuart, Sean Steuart, Ben Stuart, and Megan Steuart; and one great-grandchild, Pierson Ivy.

Preceded in death by: his wife Valeria, two brothers, Gerald Martin and Jerome Martin; and a sister, Patricia Kalianov.

A private burial service was held on July 18, where military rites were performed by Cedar Falls AMVETS by Post 49 and the United States Navy Honor Guard.

Memorials may be directed to St. Edward's Catholic Church, Columbus High School or St. Vincent De Paul Society.


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