Gene C. Martin

Martin, Gene

Gene C. Martin, 92, formerly of Topeka, died Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in Paola, Kansas.  He was born May 16, 1922 in Topeka, the son of Kenneth and Mary Alice Nicolay Martin.  Gene graduated from Topeka High School and Washburn College.  He served during WWII as a 3rd Class pharmacist’s mate.  One of his duties while in the service was to select a headquarters for U.S. operations in Nagasaki shortly after the bombing occurred.

Gene’s wife of 66 years, Marie Martin, preceded him in death on October 14, 2010.

Playing football on Topeka High’s state championship team, playing football for Washburn, building his own home and serving on Washburn’s Board of Regents were some of his favorite life experiences.

Although Gene practiced a number of professions including pharmaceutical representative, realtor and Mayor of Topeka, no occupation was more dear to his heart than that of father and grandfather.  “Grandpa Dude”, as he was affectionately known, is survived by Blythe, Brett, Blake, Brena, Michaela, Merrill and Ross and three great-grandchildren. Other survivors include two daughters, Marta (Dean) Gerstenberger, Flagstaff, Arizona and Melanie (Cliff) Martin, M.D., Overland Park, Kansas and a sister, Patricia Martin, Tecumseh, Kansas.

A private family celebration of Gene’s life will be held at a future date.


  1. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on April 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Martin. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  2. Diane Mills on April 27, 2014 at 11:54 am

    When Uncle Tubby visited us in Denver in the 70’s, every morning before I went to school him and I would play chess. He was a master chess player. Mom drove me to school so he and I could play so on one morning she asked me, “What are you learning from Uncle Tubby?” My response, “to not play chess with Uncle Tubby!” When she went home and told him what I had said he just laughed and laughed. We continued to play and of course, he would always win.

    My deepest sympathies to Melanie and her family as well as Marta and her family.
    Diane, Glen, Jonathan & Mark Mills

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