James R. “Jim” Martins, 82, of Geneseo, IL passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Hammond Henry Hospital. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held 10:30 am Monday, April 15, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, IL. Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Ritter will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, IL. Visitation for Jim will be 2-5 pm, Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Homes in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to James R. Martins Memorial fund to be distributed to local charities in his memory.
Jim was born August 22, 1930 in Geneseo, IL, the son of James Henry and Cassie (Rice) Martins. He was united in marriage to Vivian M. Larson on June 11, 1950 at the Methodist Church in Colona, IL. He farmed for 36 years in rural Geneseo.
Jim belonged to the Methodist Church for many years. He had a lifelong admiration for woodworking and carpentry from making his own toys as a child. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports.
Survivors include his wife Vivian; 2 sons and spouses: Robert (Nancy) Martins of Cedarburg, WI, Kenneth (Jodi) Martins of Geneseo, IL; 2 daughters and spouses: Debra (Roger) Granell of Geneseo, IL, Lorri (Curt) Yeater of Geneseo, IL; 2 daughters-in-law: Kathi Martins of Geneseo, IL, Brenda Martins of Raleigh, NC; 15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Shirley Bengston and Marilyn Mason.
He was preceded in death by 2 Sons: Daniel Bruce Martins and Craig Allen Martins.