Gilbert A. Martz
Nichols, NY

Submitted by:
Reva Wagner

Richards Funeral Home

Gilbert A. Martz, 71, of Ro-ki Blvd., Nichols, N.Y., passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, at the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.

He was born on July 7, 1937, in Sayre, Pa., a son of the late Ward and Sarah (CLARK) MARTZ.

Gil attended school in Athens and for many years owned and operated a dairy farm in Litchfield. In addition, he was also a meat cutter by trade and owned Martz's Meat Plant in Litchfield, Pa. He will be remembered by many as an auctioneer for more than 30 years. Gil was an avid John Deere collector, had a great love for antiques and shared his interest as a member of several antique tractor clubs throughout the area.

In his earlier years, Gil was a school bus driver for Litchfield, showed horses, hauled cans of milk and still found time to be a 4-H leader and a Boy Scout leader. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

Gil is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Marilyn (CAMPBELL) Martz; his sons, Gordon MARTZ and friend Susan MERRIN, and Thomas and his wife, Elisa MARTZ; a daughter, Marlene and her husband, Max GODFREY; a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Donna MARTZ; and sisters, Dorothy Louise LAPLANT and Shirley SPENCER. His special grandchildren, Maureen MARTZ, Andrea MARTZ and Andrew GODFREY; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law also survive.

Gilbert was predeceased by his parents and a baby sister, Patty.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of Gil's life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Litchfield United Methodist Church with Pastor Jon AUSTIN officiating. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. The family will provide flowers and asks friends to kindly consider a memorial contribution to the Litchfield United Methodist Church, c/o Norma BARROWCLIFF, 428 N. Keystone Ave., Apt 9, Sayre, Pa. 18840, in loving memory of Gilbert A. Martz.

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