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Rick  Lee  Martin
     Rick Lee Martin, 69, of North Platte passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at his home. Rick was born on Sept. 19, 1947 in Portland, Ore. to G.E. and Doris (Wissbaum) Martin.
     He grew up in McCook and moved to North Platte his senior year and graduated with the class of 1965. He joined the U.S. Army in November of 1967 and served in Vietnam.
     After returning home, he married Mary Ann Stefani and to this union a daughter Stacey Ann was born. Rick worked construction on the interstate project and later worked for Hipp Wholesale from 1971 thru 1987.
     He married M.L. Allen on May 21, 1983 in North Platte and to this union a son Charlie was born. The couple purchased Culligan and ran the business together until 2003 when he retired.
     Rick enjoyed his retirement fishing, golfing, hunting and any kind of gambling. He loved music, animals, and people, and will be greatly missed.
     Rick is survived by his wife M.L. Martin of North Platte; children, Stacey (Jeff Anderson) Martin of Hershey and Charlie (Chelsey Anderson) Martin of Tryon; grandchildren, Stefani (Benny Alamea) Martin of Lincoln, Charlie Robinson of North Platte, and Emmy Lee Martin of Tryon; great granddaughter, Sofia Alamea of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Stewart (Kathy) Allen of North Platte; nephews, Matt (Audra) Allen of Arthur and Mark Allen of North Platte; aunt, Lois Jane (Owen) Beneda of McCook; and other family.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Mary Ann.
     Cremation was chosen and memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. A reception will immediately follow the service at the House Bar.
     Memorials are suggested to Pheasants Forever and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 7/12/2017
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