Charles Lester Martin peacefully passed into eternal life on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at his home in Carmel, IN.

Charles was born and raised in Gainesville, GA to Henry Grady Martin and Anna Rea Sears Martin on July 19, 1932. He grew up with 4 brothers, James, Harold, Harry, and John; and 2 sisters, Ruth Ann and Judy. Charles enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 on his 18th birthday. He served at O’Hare in Chicago, IL, where he met Erna Blenkle. Charles and Erna wed on April 10, 1954. Charles was discharged from the Air Force later that year and returned to his hometown of Gainesville.

Charles and Erna built a life traveling around the Midwest before settling into their family home in Carmel with their four children, Marlene, Charlene, Charles “Larry”, and Laurene. Charles took pride in his work in the insurance industry as a CPCU and CLU. His warm sense of humor and friendly personality led to great success not only in his professional life but in creating a network of lifelong friends throughout the Brookshire Golf Club and the Carmel American Legion. Charles and Erna loved to entertain friends and family.

In addition to spending time with loved ones, Charles loved Georgia Bulldog football, a round of golf, a good martini, shooting pool, and a winning hand of poker.

Charles was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Erna Marie (Blenkle) Martin, his parents, brothers, sister Ruth Ann, son Charles “Larry” and grandson Charles “Derrick” Gaard. He is survived by his sister Judy (Harry) Wilson; daughters Marlene (Greg) Miller, Charlene Gaard (Billy) and Laurene (Mike) Johnson. He was known and loved as “Pubba” by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that remembrances be made in the form of charitable donations to American Legion Charities. A brief memorial service with military honors will be held at Spencer Cemetery in Sheridan, IN at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 7, 2024. Family, friends, and loved ones of Charles are welcome to join in celebration of a life well lived.