Dighton- Virgil Earl “Sonny” Martin, 82, died on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. He was born on February 21, 1937 at Garden City the son of Roy Miles & Leah Elizabeth (Litzenberger) Martin. He married Elsie F. Burnett on September 11, 1960 at Dighton.
Sonny attended Sunrise Country School in Finney County. He served in the 21st Artillery Division of the United States Army. After his discharge he farmed and ranched for Harold Mulville and Charles Bosley in Lane County and then went to work for the Farmers Co-op Elevator in Dighton until he retired. He was a member of the American Legion Post # 190 of Dighton. He was a member of the Pawnee Valley Boys band that played for dances and events in the area as the guitarist and vocalist. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, fishing, hunting, boating, camping and in later years bingo but especially playing music with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his Parents, 2 Brothers- Herman “Bud” Martin and Roy “Barney” Martin, 3 Sisters- Erma Martin, Marian Buell and Edith Snyder and Sister-In-Law- Charlotte Martin.
He is survived by his 3 Daughters- Coral Klitzke of Bonner Springs, Mele Barber of Frisco, Texas and Angela Bechard of Bonner Springs, Brother- Darrell Martin (Ruby) of Dighton, Sister- Betty Brungardt (Tom) of Garden City, Sister-In-Law- Anne Martin of Dighton, 6 Grandchildren- Morgan Klitzke, Courtney Klitzke, Derek Barber (Kristen) , Meagan Barber, Silas Bechard & Kori Bechard and 2 Great-Grandchildren- Kyla Barber and Teague Barber.
Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Dighton with Rev Berniece Ludlum officiating. Burial will be in Dighton Memorial Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post # 190 Honor Guard and Kansas Army National Guard Honor Guard. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post # 190 Honor Guard or the J.O.Y Center in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com
Boomhower Funeral Home 145 North Wichita, Box 891 Dighton, Ks 67839