Larry G. Martin
Date of Birth
April 7, 1946
Lincoln, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 9, 2021
Lincoln, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Monday, May 17, 2021 ~ 10:30 a.m.
American Legion Post #371 ~ Valparaiso, Nebraska
Interment with Military Honors at Omaha National Cemetery ~ Omaha, Nebraska

Visitation Directions

Sunday, May 16, 2021 ~ 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

Memorials – in lieu of flowers

American Legion #371,
Valparaiso Volunteer Fire and Rescue,
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Building Fund,
Valparaiso Cemetery Association or
Donor’s Choice

Larry “Porky” G. Martin, 75 of Valparaiso, NE passed away Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, NE.  He was born April 7, 1946 in Lincoln to James L. and Evelyn (Ahl) Martin.  He graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1964. Larry proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.  He entered active duty on February 25, 1966 and was honorably discharged on November 24, 1969.  He received the Purple Heart and Star during his service.   He was united in marriage to Shirley Wegner on January 18, 1975.

Larry was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather.  He also was a dedicated supporter of his community and their organizations.

Larry retired from Shanahan Mechanical & Electrical after 37 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion #371, VFW #1049 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Larry was a founding member of the Heartland Nuts’N More Cooperative board, a member of the Nebraska Nut Growers Association, and the Valparaiso Cemetery Board as well as a lifetime member of Bluebirds Across America.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Martin; sons, Justin (Heather) Martin of Northport, WA, Josh (Heather) Taylor-Martin of Sewickley, PA, Tyler (Sara) Martin of Valparaiso, NE; grandchildren, Gage (Linda) Martin, Grace, Emma, Isaiah, Levi, Lydia, Ben, Jessie, Joseph, Rachel, Naomi, Evelyn, Jeremiah and Asher Martin of Northport, WA, Miralhi and Milo Taylor-Martin of Sewickley, PA, Archer, Scout and Juniper Martin of Valparaiso, NE; great-grandchildren, Josiah, John, William and Isabella Martin of Northport, WA; brother, James Martin; sister, Janice (John) Griffin; sister-in-law, Pam Martin; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents; brother, John Martin; sister, Sharon (Paul) Blair; grandchildren, Jonathan and Holden Martin.

Condolences for Larry G. Martin
  1. Rich & Rita Muff
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Shirley We are so very sorry to hear about Larry. Praying for support & comfort for you and your family 🙏

  2. Bill and Judy Nissen
    • May 11, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Condolences from Bill and Judy Nissen. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  3. Georgann Mantor Jordan
    • May 12, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Dear Martin Family, Way back in 1950’s I was living with George & Anna Marshall(maternal grandparents who raised me) in Val, and knew Larry and his mom Evelyn from church there. Attended school in Lincoln and moved 50+ yrs. ago to TX but came back for Memorial Day services in Val cem and talked to Larry then. Last time I saw him was 3 yrs ago. I salute his military service. My brother (KIA Korea) is buried in Arlington Nat. Cem. Nice long friendship with Martin family. Glad he will be at rest in Omaha Nat. Cemetery. On behalf of the 3 out of 7 remaining Marshall grandchildren, we send our condolences.

  4. Scott Bolejack
    • May 13, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Condolences from Bojack. Larry was an awesome first Boss, project manager, at Shanahan Mechanical Electric. He pretty much told me I was ready for my first job on UNL campus, Larry was right because I have been banging sheet metal ever since then. Larry was an awesome guy! He will be missed.

  5. Leroy (Roy) Schoen
    • May 15, 2021 - 1 month ago

    What a shock to hear of “Porks” passing. I had hopes of seeing him this summer and inviting him to the Vietnam Veterans Reunion. As classmates from kindergarten through high school we didn’t see each other often after graduation. Usually at the “old settlers” “picnics.” But that small town, school bond is quite deep.
    My condolences to the family.

  6. Marion E Herzinger
    • May 17, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Shirley and family
    our deepest sympathy to you and the family at this difficult time.
    Keep the memories alive in your heart
    God’s blessing .
    Marion and Ken Herzinger

  7. Mary
    • May 17, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Larry was an amazing person. Miss having him stop by the office with a bag of nuts.

  8. Ron Bruck
    • May 18, 2021 - 1 month ago

    As Larry proudly serviced his country through The Navy he also serviced countless projects throughout Nebraska. I first met Porky through projects at UNL. His workmanship was professional and his word was trusted. That trust will now shine down on us all.
    Ron Bruck Lincoln.

  9. Jo Brandenburgh Matulka
    • May 18, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Thoughts and prayers to Porky’s family. I knew him back in the 60’s when I dated Larry Krafka, so many years ago, but I do know he was a big hearted person. May God comfort you all during this very difficult time.

  10. Anne DeVries
    • May 24, 2021 - 1 month ago

    Porky was the best contractor there was to work with at UNL and then he was a good friend in BAN and his Nut’s organization! His endless work and selfless achievements in volunteering were amazing. He put his all into his “work” and I know he enjoyed it immensely, I am sure he saw it as fun and not work. He will be missed by so many! I know I will miss him at all the events he took his booth selling nuts. That is where I could catch up on his activities.

  11. Keith Linck - NeNGA Member
    • May 28, 2021 - 4 weeks ago

    My most sincere condolences to the Martin family. Larry was a very kind and generous person.

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