Robert F. ‘Bob’ Martin, 79, of Rapid City, S.D.
Martin was born on Oct. 7, 1933, at Watertown, S.D., to John Frank and Leola Marguarete (Converse) Martin. He was raised in Watertown, S.D., Minneapolis, Minn., and Estelline, S.D. He graduated from Estelline High School in 1952. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and eight and a half years in the South Dakota National Guard with the 15th Engineers Battalion, 111th MP Battalion andABattery 147th Artillery.
He married Kay F. Carnahan on Dec. 22, 1955, at Estelline. He received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from General Beadle College (now Dakota State University) in 1960 and taught in the Madison, S.D., school system from 1960-65.
In 1965, he began a 33- year career in rural electric cooperatives, starting at KEM Electric in Linton. From 1970-90, he worked for East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison. From 1991-99, he completed his career as general manager of Rushmore Electric Power Cooperative in Rapid City.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and a golf group he considered a special group after retirement, enjoyed his breakfast group five days a week, his men’s Bible study group breakfast on Saturday’s at First Presbyterian Church, lunches with fellow retired rural electric managers, and cooking for family and friends.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Elks Lodge #1187 of Rapid City, American Legion Post #25 of Madison and Masonic Lodge #17 of Madison.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Martin of Rapid City; two daughters, Penny (Kevin) Haller of Chicago, Ill., and their children, Ryan Huck and step-granddaughter, Mary Haller, and Shari (Mitch) Martin of St. Louis, Mo., and their daughter, Grace; two sons, Shawn (Jill) Martin of Chester, S.D., and their children, Kayla and Brett, and Jay (Cathy) Martin of Madison, and their children, Miranda and Bo; and one brother, LeRoy (Shirley) Martin of Victorville, Calif.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters,; and a special aunt, Vera.
Memorial services were held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 7, at First Presbyterian Church, 710 Kansas City St., Rapid City.
Inurnment will take place in Hillcrest Cemetery at Estelline at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the building fund at First Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be sent to www.osheimschmidt.com.