Martin R. Luther Sr.

Born: Thu., May 5, 1927
Died: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Feb. 28, 2017
Location: Harrisville

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 01, 2017
Location: Harrisville

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Harrisville, NY ~ Martin R. Luther, Sr., 89 of Harrisville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Country Manor in Carthage, where he was surrounded by the love and support of his family.

Born at home on May 5, 1927, in Harrisville, NY, a son of Roy and Ruth E. (Atkinson) Luther, he graduated from Harrisville High School in 1943. He married Barbara Foster Burgess in January 1963, at St. Francis of Solanus Church in Harrisville.

A World War II veteran, he entered the US Army on September 1, 1945, and served with the 50th Company Area Service Unit until he was honorably discharged as a T/Sgt. on November 18, 1946, at Fort Dix, NJ.

Following High School and before his Army service, he went to work for the St. Regis Paper Company in Harrisville, and then returned there until 1952. From 1955 until 1970 he worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp., at Benson Mines in Star Lake. He then went to work for New York Air Brake for five years and later worked for the Harrisville Central School Bus Garage for 15 years. Along with his wife, Mr. Luther also owned and operated the Harrisville Laundromat and B&M Bookkeeping Service in Harrisville for a number of years.

Mr. Luther served as Village Mayor for two years, as Town of Diana Assessor for six years, as the Harrisville School Tax Collector for eight years, and served on the Board of Education for five years and was a Hunter’s Safety Instructor for many years.

He was a member of the Harrisville Rod & Gun Club, and was a member of the former American Legion Post in Harrisville.

Throughout his life, he enjoyed bowling, traveling, card playing, hunting and fishing.

Surviving besides his wife, are three sons, John “Jack” Luther and wife, Sheryl; Craig Luther and wife Terri, and Martin Luther Jr., all of Harrisville; a daughter, Laura Cornaire and husband Wendell of Watertown; five grandchildren Travis, Kyra and Craig Luther and Trisha and Michaela Cornaire and by a great-granddaughter, Ava Luther. Also surviving is a brother, Ranald B. Luther of Henderson; four sisters, Dorthea Lebow of Belt, Montana; Gloria Dowling of Harrisville; Loretta Ledger of Redwood and Sandra Metcalf of Massena, as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four sisters, Karen Miller, Arlene Luther, who died at the age of two, and by twins, Roxy and Joy Luther who died at birth; and by a brother, Edward Luther.

Marty’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Scanlon Funeral Home, 14187 State Street, Harrisville, with Rev. Donald J. Manfred, officiating.  Burial with will be in the Harrisville Community Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at the Harrisville Fire Hall following the service.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday at the funeral home from 4:00 pm to 7:00 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harrisville Rescue Squad or the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department.

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gloria lyndaker
   Posted Sun February 26, 2017

Richard F. Kelly
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
My condolences to the Luther family for their loss. Marty was a very giving person who gave much to his family, friends, community and the school system.
It was a pleasure to work with Marty and also to serve the children during their school years.
Richard F. Kelly
Silver Springs, Fl. 34488

Brian Bujnowski
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
You and your family are in my heart and mind. My condolences on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Brian Bujnowski

Robin Davies
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
Sending prayers and much love to the Luther family. Marty will always hold a special place in my heart and his memories will never be forgotten . My sincere condolences to the family. Much love to all, Robin - Tampa, FL.

Wendy Kilbourn
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
I was so sorry to hear of Marty's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sue Burgess
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
When I think of Marty, what first comes to mind was his sense of humor and that great smile of his. He was very dedicated to his family and was just such a really great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Linda Pastorius
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
I am truly sorry for the loss of a very good man. I have such fond memories of Uncle Marty from my childhood. He was a wonderfully kind and patient man with a great sense of humor. My deepest sympathy to the family. I hope in time, his memories will bring you great comfort.
Linda Pastorius
Valrico, FL

Elton and Lynda wood
   Posted Mon February 27, 2017
We are so sorry of Marty's passing. He was a great man. Always was there for everyone. He will be missed my family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone. Elton and Lynda wood.

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