Leo R. "Buddy" Martin died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, in Corpus Christi after a valiant fight against cancer of almost two years.

He was born July 7, 1915 in Burlington to Leo B. and Elizabeth Martin. Leo moved to Corpus Christi during the depression to follow his sister, Heloise, and her husband, Felix Polansky, to seek employment. He worked at Central Power and Light for a time before he joined the U. S. Postal Service in the 30s and worked there until he joined the U.S. Army Air Force on his birthday, July 7, 1942. He served as a radio technician in the Pacific and was stationed in the Philippines during the successful effort to recapture the islands during World War II. He was discharged from the service July 15, 1945 and returned to the Post Office in Corpus Christi. Although Leo remained a bachelor throughout his long 92 years, he was very close to Frances Lee Grant. After Frances Lee passed away in 1988, he remained close to Frances' family. He spent most of his life gently inspiring others to follow his lead in being interested in life and travel.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Heloise Polansky, Virginia Goeser, and Evaleen Stoebner.

He is survived by nephews and nieces, James, Edward, and Joseph Polansky and Doris Polansky Cox, Richard, Dennis and John Stoebner, Karen Stoebner Hughes, Mary Ann Stoebner Gleason and Donald and John David Goeser, Jean Goeser Flores, and Joann Goeser Grayson, as well as Grant family members, Mike and Cindy Grant, Ann and Tom Davis, Tom and Ann Grant, Dick and Sally Grant, Pat and Gwynetta Grant, and Ronnie Williams; 16 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

A Rosary was recited at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27. Funeral Mass was celebrated immediately after the Rosary at St. Theresa Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Michael Howell as celebrant. Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at St. Michael's Burlington Cemetery in Burlington.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Sawyer-George Funeral Home