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Ralph C. Martin, 81

December 22, 1936 to January 8, 2018

Ralph C. Martin, 81, of Princeton passed away at 3:01 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at his home in Princeton.

Born Dec. 22, 1936, in Bradford, the son of William and Hattie (Sullivan) Martin, he Janice Katkus July 19, 1970, in Rockford. She survives in Princeton.

He graduated from Tiskilwa High School. He was an operating engineer at Advanced Asphalt for over 30 years.

He was a member of the Moose and Elks Club and Mid Central Operating Engineers 649. He enjoyed vacationing in Mexico and was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.

Also surviving are six children, Jeffery Martin of southern Illinois, Jacqueline (Vin) Tarquin of South Carolina, Jennifer (Michael) Hansel of Nashville, Tenn., Kelli (Rick) Chase Plotz of Geneva, Jim (Jennifer) Chase of Ohio, Ill., and Sheri (Randy) Chase-White of Arizona; 11 grandchildren, Jessica and Kyle Chase, Randi, Charles and Hunter White, Alexandra, Eric and Katie Plotz, and Julian, McKenzie and Liam Martin; one sister, Mildred Sidebottom; a special niece, Patty Hassler; and a special friend, Toby.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Christine Perry.

Private graveside services will be at Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley, Illinois.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Ambulance Service.

The Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton assisted the family. Online condolences may be left at www.grant-johnsonfh.com.

Service/Memorial Information

Private graveside services will be at Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley, Illinois.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton Ambulance Service.

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  • butterfly"Jan and Family,
    Please know that you all have been in our thoughts and prayers this week. When Ian was little, Ralph told him that he had to come to Tiskilwa everyday to check the windmills and turn them on. We would drive by on our way to Peoria and Ian would say Ralph only turned on some of the windmills. He is probably working on the broken ones Ralph will always hold a special place in our hearts. We hope, in the days to come, that you can find comfort from the stories and memories."
    Tribute from: Bob, Sarah and Ian Fritz
    January 12, 2018
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  • lily"Jan: I am so sorry just saw this notice on line. My sincere sympathy. He was a good man..."Tribute from: Patt Fleming
    January 10, 2018
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  • candle"My heart and prayers are with you during this difficult time."Tribute from: Candace Rutledge Rn
    January 9, 2018
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  • candle"Jan and family, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed our visits with Ralph when he came to Kentucky .Let the good memories sustain you in your loss of him.
    A martin cousin,
    Jewell Wise"
    Tribute from: Stephen & Jewell Sprowles Wise
    January 9, 2018
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  • lily"Jan,
    I was sadden to hear for your lose. Please know that you and your family are covered in prayers."
    Tribute from: Sarah Barlow Larsen
    January 9, 2018
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  • butterfly"sorry to hear about your lose"Tribute from: Kuni and Tom Carter
    January 8, 2018
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