DIGHTON — Virgil Earl “Sonny” Martin, 82, died on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Lane County Hospital in Dighton. He was born on Feb. 21, 1937, in Garden City, the son of Roy Miles and Leah Elizabeth (Litzenberger) Martin.
He married Elsie F. Burnett on Sept. 11, 1960, in Dighton.
Sonny attended Sunrise Country School in Finney County. He served in the 21st Artillery Division of the United States Army. He ultimately went to work for the Farmers Co-op Elevator in Dighton until he retired.
He is survived by his three daughters, Coral Klitzke of Bonner Springs, Mele Barber of Frisco, Texas and Angela Bechard of Bonner Springs; brother, Darrell Martin and wife Ruby of Dighton; sister, Betty Brungardt and husband Tom of Garden City; sister-in-law, Anne Martin of Dighton; six grandchildren, Morgan Klitzke, Courtney Klitzke, Derek Barber and wife Kristen, Meagan Barber, Silas Bechard and Kori Bechard; and two great-grandchildren, Kyla Barber and Teague Barber.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herman “Bud” Martin and Roy “Barney” Martin; three sisters, Erma Martin, Marian Buell and Edith Snyder; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Martin.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church in Dighton. Burial will be in Dighton Memorial Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Legion Post No. 190 Honor Guard or the J.O.Y. Center in care of Boomhower Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.