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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Robert S. Martinson

  • Robert S. Martinson, 87, of Hannibal, Mo., left his earthly realm to be with his Lord on Sept. 29, 2012, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.
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  • Robert S. Martinson, 87, of Hannibal, Mo., left his earthly realm to be with his Lord on Sept. 29, 2012, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.
    Bob was born Aug. 26, 1925, in Duluth, Minn., to Harry and Hilda Martinson.
    On June 19, 1954, he married Dellafaye Lyons, who preceded him in death in 1983.
    Bob volunteered midway through his senior year of high school to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a navigator during World War II.
    He attended the University of Minnesota., graduating in 1950 with a BA in electrical engineering. In Duluth, Bob worked for U.S. Steel and Universal Atlas Cement as an industrial engineer, project engineer and superintendent of maintenance. In 1972, he was transferred to Freeport, Bahamas, to serve seven months as a project engineer at their Bahamas plant.
    In 1973 he was transferred to U.S. Steel's Hannibal cement plant, where he worked for 17 years as project engineer until his retirement from Continental Cement Co. in 1991.
    Bob installed lifelines through the HRHS Auxiliary, was a member of the American Legion, volunteered with Boy Scouts, YMCA Indian Maidens and taught Junior Achievement.
    He was an active member of Immanuel Baptist Church, serving as children's church leader, trustee and usher.
    Survivors include children, Bruce (Sheryl) Martinson of Schroeder, Minn.; Debbie Rothweiler, Denise (Bob) Parker and Brian (Julie) Martinson of Hannibal, Mo; grandchildren, Justin (Erica) and Brandt Parker, Chris Peterson, Sara Rothweiler, Ryan, Kyle and Alyssa Martinson, and Claire and Evan Martinson; and three great-grandchildren.
    Bob instilled his values onto his family of honesty, integrity, strong work ethic and reverence to his creator.
    A service of celebration will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 , 2012, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo. The Rev. Mark Albee will officiate. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park with full military honors by Emmette J. Shields Post No. 55, American Legion.
    Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Immanuel Baptist Church.
    Smith Funeral Home & Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
    Memorials may be made to the Dellafaye Martinson Nursing Scholarship Fund at Hannibal-LaGrange University or to the Immanuel Baptist Church Building Fund.
    Online condolences to the family may be offered at www.smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.

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