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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 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Avalon Springs Place in Mercer.
Marty was born in New Castle on June 4, 1932, to 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 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 C.N.A. at Avalon Springs Place.
Marty is survived by his wife, Judith "Judy" A. (Smith) Pence, whom he married on March 24, 2005.
Also surviving are: three daughters, Susan M. Redmond and her husband, Ronald, of Greenville, Vickie L. Roby and her husband, Daniel, of Hermitage, and Amy J. Fitzgerald and her husband, Wayne, of Sharon; three sons, James A. Smith and his wife, Ginger, of Mercer, Joseph A. Smith and his fiancé, 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.
Memorial contributions can be made to: Alzheimer's Association 1600 Peninsula Drive, Suite 15 Erie, PA 16505-4261.

Martin L. "Marty," 85, of Mercer, formerly of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday (6-10-17) at OSBORNE-WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES, INC., 73-75 Columbia Ave., Greenville. Messages of sympathy, stories, and photos can be shared at: www.osborne-williams.com.
Service: 4 p.m. Saturday (6-10-17) with committal prayers at the funeral home with Rev. Hazel Fitzgerald, retired minister, officiating.
Burial: Castle View Memorial Gardens, New Castle, at a later date.
Published on June 7, 2017
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