Richard T. Martin

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard T. Martin, 62, Leavenworth, Kansas. Rick passed away Jan. 3, 2021, after a hard battle with end stage liver disease. Rick was was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, on March 17, 1958, to William and Kathleen (Tim) Martin.

One of 15 children, Rick was no stranger to brawling and mischief, and loved the outdoors. At one point during childhood, he and his siblings had convinced neighborhood children that they were wild kids who lived in the trees at the park. Rick’s love for the outdoors continued through life and his favorite pastimes included feeding his favorite neighborhood squirrels (Snowball and Mr. Baggypants) and heading to the lake or river to fish and camp. He also enjoyed painting, grilling, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs and having friends and family over and sitting by the fire and having a beer.

Rick is survived by his wife, Lucy, 59; and children, Rachel, 26; Richard, 23; Athena, 20; and stepchildren: Alicia, 27, and Jennifer, 36, and grandchild, Winter, 17; also by siblings: Candy, Becky, Edna, Janet, Joe, Marty, Bill, Ted and Tony. He was preceded in death by stepson, Joshua, 26; parents, William and Kathleen; and siblings: Emmet, Leora, Jim, Vicky and Kenny.

Although Rick’s health battle eventually took his life, he didn’t let it take his sense of humor. He awoke one day during a hospital stay to proclaim, “Well, I see some things haven’t change – Trump’s still an (expletive).”

Rick will be missed by all who knew him, including the squirrels.

A private gathering of family and friends will be held at the Heritage Center in Leavenworth, Kansas, Jan. 16, 2021, from noon to 3 p.m. COVID-19 social distancing restrictions will be followed and masks required. Please do not put yourself or others at risk by attending if you have a high-risk health condition or are experiencing symptoms. Your presence will be felt in spirit. In lieu of flowers, please bring a favorite memory or dish to share.

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Posted online on January 11, 2021