Harvey W. Martin, 83, of Bellfonte, PA
and formerly of Ephrata, PA, went to be with the Lord peacefully on May 8, 2019
with his son Jeff and daughter-in-law Ruthi by his side after a years long
battle with Alzheimer's. Harvey was son of William and Mary Martin,
farmers in Ephrata Pennsylvania, parents of sixteen children, and faithful
members of the Mennonite church.
From early manhood and after, Harvey
stretched his wings far beyond Lancaster County, first taking a job in
California, then entering the PAX service in Algeria, France, Belgium, and
Morocco. PAX (Latin for peace) was one of the Christian alternative
service programs available to conscientious objectors beginning April 1951 in
Europe. Through their labor, housing projects began all over Germany and
soon the work continued in Algeria, Bolivia, Greece, Paraguay, and other
countries. Harvey W. Martin was one of these volunteers.
When Harvey returned from PAX he married
Elta Eby in 1965 and they made their home in Ephrata. He continued to
stretch his wings beyond Lancaster and became a Christian business man selling
eggs to the people of New York City. Sons, Jeff and Tom, joined the
family in 1966 and 1967. Tragically Tom was killed at age 16 in an auto
accident and Elta died of cancer in 1991. Jeff married Ruth Myers in
1991, just before his mother's death, and they gave Harvey four grandchildren;
Johanna, Jacob, Charlotte, and Abigail. Harvey persevered in weekly trips
from Ephrata to New York City through good and bad for over 40 years retiring
Harvey is preceded in death by his wife
Elta, son Tom, father William, mother Mary, brothers John and Paul, and sister
Anna. Harvey is survived by his son
Jeff; brothers Henry, William, Ivan, Clarence, James, Titus, and David; and
sisters Edna, Mary, Martha, and Mabel.
Harvey's favorite Scripture is Isaiah
9:6, "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will
be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Services will be hosted at Indiantown
Mennonite Church, 255 Indiantown Road, Ephrata, PA. Celebrate Harvey's life at a memorial
gathering Friday, May 17, 6:30 - 8 P.M.
The viewing is Saturday, May 18, 9 - 10 A.M. followed by funeral
services 10 - 11 A.M, then a gravesite service and luncheon for family and