Thomas Martin, 84, of Bethalto, passed away at 6:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, at home with his family by his side.
He was born on Dec. 21, 1929, in East Alton, the son of James M. and Irene (Smith) Martin.
Thomas married Elladee N. Jones on Aug. 10, 1950. She survives.
He retired from McDonnell Douglas in January 1991 and was a member of the Machinist Local 837. Thomas loved to play the banjo, piano and harmonica. He also enjoyed airplanes, racing, sailing, astronomy, camping, bluegrass, boogie, photography and the outdoors. He was a member of the Hoedowners square dancers and he was a Cub Scout Leader. Thomas could build a house, airplane or a car and fix anything.
In addition to his wife, Elladee, he is survived by six children and their spouses, Linda and Bobby Scheaffer, Thomas and Karen Martin, Steven and Cynthia Martin, Gregory and Brenda Martin, Cathy and Danny Stout and Deanna Martin; 13 grandchildren, Crystal Barnes, Brianne Bourne, Kara Martin, Megan Parker, Zach Niswander, Geoffrey, Steven and Sidney Martin, Heather and Keith Lowenstein, Brandon, Blake and Aimee Hughes; nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and a sister-in-law, Belva Martin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lionel Martin; and two sisters, Dorothy Lawson and Betty Giffin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Willard Meyer officiating.
Burial will be at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.