Jerry Joseph Martin

Jerry Joseph Martin, 69, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on Sunday, March 10th, 2024, after a brave battle with cancer. He was born June 15, 1954, in Salina, Kansas, the son of Bob and Rita Martin. Jerry graduated from Salina Central High School in 1972.

Jerry spent much of his childhood helping on his grandfather’s farm near Solomon. This started his love for agriculture at a very young age. In 1974, Jerry joined Rickel Manufacturing of Salina KS, maker of the Big A fertilizer applicator as a sales coordinator/dispatcher and later became a sales representative. He continued to grow in the field with mergers and acquisitions of Ag-Chem Equipment Co, then AGCO to become a Salesman, Sales Manager, a Regional Manager covering the state of Kansas, the Midwest, then the western US. Jerry retired from Lang Diesel in 2021. Jerry was well known and respected by many in his field but the titles he held most important were husband, dad and grandpa.

Jerry’s wife of 48 years, Julie, preceded him in death last year. He is survived by his daughter Jennifer Ankenbauer (Bill) of Lawrence and sons Andrew (Monica) and Timothy of San Antonio, TX, brothers Larry (Carry), Dan (Jo), sisters Karen Morgan & Janet Linenberger (Tim) all of Salina. Jerry and Julie were also blessed with five grandchildren: Matthew of San Antonio TX, Nate, Ty, Macy and Lukas of Lawrence.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Bob & Rita Martin.

A private Celebration of Life will be held in Jerry’s honor later.

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Messages & Condolences

From andrea guliford...

To the Martin Family we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We had several years of interaction with your dad. He was a true blue. hardworking man and was a joy to be around. He left an impression us all here at the Hampton Inn in Salina. sending our deepest condolences.

From Jill Schaake-Morgison...

Jennifer, Andy, and Tim – I’m so sorry for the loss of your dad. I have many memories of him coming into Coop and talking equipment to my boss and then softball with me, and then getting to play on the same field with you all and him coaching. Fun Times!! Prayers to you all.

From Barb and Mike Malone...

Jennifer, Bill, Andrew, Monica, and Tim,
We miss Jerry. We enjoyed our many visits with him. He kept us entertained with his stories! He was a good neighbor. We are so sorry for your loss.

From Jan and Doug Moore...

Jennifer, Andy and Tim, very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed both of your folks. They were very kind and caring people. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.

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