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Martin L. "Marty" Pence, 85, of 745 Greenville Road, Mercer (Coolspring Township), formerly of 918 S. Darby Road, Hermitage, passed away the evening of Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Avalon Springs Place in Mercer.
Marty was born in New Castle on June 4, 1932, to the late Bert C. and Talma (Smith) Pence.
He was a former member of the Pentecostal churches in New Castle and Sharpsville. More recently, Marty faithfully attended church services at Avalon Springs Place in Mercer.
He attended Harlansburg High School in New Castle, before going on to serve in the Navy.
Marty then worked as a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Lake Division, most of his life.
He enjoyed playing guitar, working on and collecting antique cars, and spending time with his great-grandchildren.
Marty loved going to family reunions and would often visit his sister, Evelyn, while she was still living, to play dice and cards.
He cherished the time he spent with his good friend, Fred Kirk, a CNA at Avalon Springs Place.
Marty is survived by his wife, Judith A. "Judy" (Smith) Pence. They were married on March 24, 2005. Also surviving are three daughters, Susan M. (Ronald) Redmond of Greenville, Vickie L. (Daniel) Roby of Hermitage and Amy J. (Wayne) Fitzgerald of Sharon; three sons, James A. (Ginger) Smith of Mercer, Joseph A. Smith and his fiancee, Crystal, of Greenville, and Jeremy Barrett of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren, Ronald Redmond Jr., Sherry Smith, Shawna Smith, Tonya King, Josie Smith, Tiffany Whitman and Edward Lytle; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lee Pence, Victor Pence and Mark Pence, all of New Castle; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bert Pence Jr. and Dallas Pence; two sisters, Evelyn McMichael and Esther Green; and a half-brother, Bill Pence.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Osborne-Williams Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville.
A funeral service with committal prayers will follow visitation at at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Hazel Fitzgerald, retired minister, officiating.
Burial will take place at a later date at Castle View Memorial Gardens, New Castle.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1600 Peninsula Drive, Suite 15, Erie, PA 16505-4261.
Messages of sympathy, stories and photos may be shared with the family by visiting www.osborne-williams.com.
Published on June 7, 2017
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