Allen "Lee" Martell, 66, of New Castle passed away Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at his home.
Born April 28, 1951, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, he was a son of Robert W. and Bertha Tourtellotte Martell.
He married the former Deborah Simpson on Oct. 13, 1973.
He attended First Baptist Church.
Lee was a staff sergeant with the Marine Corps serving more than 10 years active duty, including two tours during the Vietnam War. A strong patriot, he considered his service with the Marines an honor and privilege.
Post military, he served as a corrections officer for Pennsylvania State Penitentiary in Pittsburgh. He later worked in car and HVAC sales.
His fondness for baseball started at an early age when he was a bat boy for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league team in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He enjoyed coaching his son's little league baseball teams. In addition, he was a faithful Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Lee loved classic cars and oldies music and enjoyed being the DJ at local car cruises. He was especially proud of being "DJ Lee" at the Monday night cruises in Lowellville, Ohio, and the friends he made there through the years.
Along with his wife of 44 years, he is survived by two daughters, Shannon (Will) McLeod of Summerville, South Carolina, and Erika (Ken) Stuart of New Castle; a son, Jason (Holly) Martell of Winter Garden, Florida; a brother, Albert B. Martell of St. Petersburg, Florida; three sisters, Jean (Bill) Evans of New Castle, Joan (Ray) Fulcher of Wells, Maine, and Mildred McCollam of St. Petersburg, Florida; and four grandchildren, Gresham James McLeod, Jacob Nile Stuart, Aubrey Leigh Martell and Brayden Conner Martell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin sister, Katherine Ann; brother-in-law, Phillip "Mac" McCollam; and niece, Patti McCollam.
Visitation will be held fro 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Yergan officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675; or First Baptist Church of New Castle.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on December 29, 2017