Woodrow G. Martin of Cuba, Missouri was born on Saturday, October 2, 1948 in Cherryville, Missouri to Dewayne Woodrow and Lena Magdalene (nee Blake) Martin and passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at the age of 74 years and 30 days.
Woodrow accepted the Lord as his personal Savior at an early age.
After graduating from Cuba High School in 1966, he began his educational training at St. Louis Christian College in Florissant, Missouri. During the summers and weekends, Woodrow worked as a swamper in the Illinois oil fields and as a weekend minister at Antioch Christian Church and Youth Pastor at First Christian Church in Noble, Illinois.
While youth pastoring, he met Deborah Kay Schnell. During this time, he also became interested in pursuing a license as a private pilot. He completed this goal several years later at the Cuba Municipal Airport. He graduated from college with a B.A. in Ministry in 1970 and ordained at the St. James Christian Church in St. James, Missouri.
Woodrow and Debbie were married at the First Christian Church in Noble, Illinois on August 21, 1970.
He pastored at Mason Christian Church in Mason, Illinois from 1970 to 1975 while he was attending Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois. He graduated in 1975 with a Master of Divinity degree and moved to Cuba, Missouri where he started Cuba Christian Church and pastored there for 37 years.
Woodrow earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Concordia Lutheran Seminary in 1992 and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University in 1994.
Woodrow volunteered as a Lone-Star 4-H leader, Boy Scout den leader and a summer league baseball and softball coach. He was employed as the Transportation Director at Cuba R-II School District for 21 years and at the Wentzville School District for two years. He worked at the Division of Aging for a short while and for the Bourbon School District in the transportation department and as a classroom aide. He was an EMT for North Crawford County Ambulance District from 1978 – 1997, followed by a brief tenure as a Missouri Baptist Hospice Chaplain. Through the years, he served on the board of directors for North Crawford County Ambulance District, Friends Helping Friends (SB40), the Senior Citizens, and the Crawford County R-II School District Board of Education. He was a past interim pastor for Corinth Baptist Church in Salem, Missouri and was recently pastoring Union Hill Baptist Church in Vienna, Missouri.
One of his most treasured achievements was having baptized all three of his children, his two grandsons and was present for the confession of faith and baptism of his granddaughter.
Woodrow was passionate about traveling the country to visit and collect books and memorabilia from presidential and civil war sites. He also enjoyed collecting antique tools, model trains and various other specialty items including his restored 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewayne and Lena Martin; parents-in-law, Doyle and Winona Schnell; daughter, Julie Dawn Martin Koch; sister-in-law, Janet Larson; and brother-in-law, Stanley Helvey.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Debbie Martin of Cuba, Missouri; son, John G. Martin of Cuba, Missouri; daughter, Carrie Martin Myers of Cuba, Missouri; sons-in-law, Steve Koch and Patrick “PJ” Myers, both of Cuba, Missouri; sisters, Barbara Helvey of Strafford, Missouri and Shirley Hendon of Georgia; sister-in-law, Linda (Ronn) Smith of Cape Coral, Florida; grandchildren, Devin (Chazz) Palmgren of St. Louis, Missouri, Layton Myers and Trenton Myers, both of Cuba, Missouri; great granddaughter, Elora Palmgren of St. Louis, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Justin Mosher officiating.
The family has chosen cremation as his final disposition. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements under the direction of the Hutson Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.