Alvin H. Martin

BLUE EARTH – Memorial services for Alvin H. Martin, 100, of Blue Earth, will be 2 p.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Blue Earth, with Rev. Wes Hafner officiating. Burial will be in Pleasantview Cemetery, Amboy.

Alvin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in Blue Earth. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with the services. Web tributes may be left at

Alvin was born Feb. 5, 1913, in Pilot Grove Township in Faribault County, Minn., the son of Gustav and Hertha (Lange) Martin. He was raised in Amboy, where he was a 1930 graduate of Amboy High School. He worked in the grocery business before his marriage to Marie M. LaCroix on Sept. 30, 1941, at Cass Lake, Minn. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served in the 333rd Engineer Battalion as a sergeant in England, France and Germany. He returned to the Blue Earth area in 1945 where he continued in the grocery business for 22 years and eventually became part owner in the Moulton Supermarket. He spent 35 years in the grocery business and was a meat inspector with the USDA at Hormel Foods in Austin from 1968 until retirement in 1986 at age 73. Alvin was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Blue Earth where he held several offices. He was also a longtime member of the American Legion Post 89 and VFW Post 4580 where he was a past commander. Alvin enjoyed reading, woodworking, working in the yard and spending time with his family.

Alvin is survived by his son, Douglas Martin of Blue Earth; his daughter, Vicki (Walter) Bielke of Prior Lake; his grandchildren, Joshua (Julia) Bielke and Zachary (Denise) Bielke; and great-granddaughter, Adelaide Bielke.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marie in 1995; brothers, Robert Martin and Eric Martin; and a sister, Genevieve Olson.

Memorial donations are preferred to St. Paul Lutheran Church or St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center.