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September 26, 2021

8/16/2021 2:32:00 PM
Martin, William R.

William R. Martin (Ralph), age 97, of Dodgeville passed away surrounded by his family on Sunday August 16, 2021, at Upland Hills Health Hospital in Dodgeville.
Ralph was born on February 28, 1924 in Dodgeville to John C. and Laura (Prideaux) Martin. His mother died when he was five years old. His grandmother, Sarah Prideaux, helped John raise Ralph and his older brother, Howard. Through his early years Ralph loved to spend time helping out at family farms in the surrounding area. He graduated as Salutatorian from Dodgeville High School in 1942. He soon would be called to serve in World War II, leaving his Freshman year at UW Madison and finished upon his return from war.
Ralph married Sally Jo Smart of Depue, IL on December 1, 1951 at the Dodgeville Plymouth Congregational Church, of which he was a lifetime member. This union was one, filled with love and devotion for each other. They were married for 66 years.
Ralph and Howard owned and operated the family business, Martin Brothers Oil Company, a bulk oil and fuel distribution company, until retiring in 1975. This best of friends' partnership also operated beef farming operations and real estate ventures.

In retirement Ralph often vacationed with his wife from Europe to Hawaii, and frequently lived in Corpus Christi during the winters. He was blessed with many grandchildren who he loved to sit down with and play cards. Ralph treasured his lifelong friendships, including 50 years in a couple's bridge club. Over the years he enjoyed many hobbies such as making rock jewelry, gardening, woodworking, bird carving, and acrylic painting. In his later years, Ralph resided with his daughter Laura and her loving family in Mineral Point.

Ralph is survived by his children William Martin (Mary Sheets) of Phelps, Laura (Gary) Cisler of Mineral Point, Todd (Julie) Martin of Dodgeville and David (Rebecca) Martin of Madison. Ralph has 13 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He was proceeded in death by his wife Sally in Aug 2018; by his parents; his great granddaughter Grace Martin; his infant brother Stephen J. Martin; and his brother and sister in law Howard and Doris Martin; his step brother Harold Lulloff and his wife Jane (Sally's sister); his sister in laws and brother in laws Harriet (Earl) Starks, Mary (Charles) Kasbeer and Gayl (Earl) Farris.

A private funeral service for the immediate family will be held on Friday, August 20, 2021. The family would like to thank the caregivers of CrestRidge Assisted Living, and express our heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Aaron Dunn for his dedication to Ralph and his family. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Community Connections Free Clinic or the Iowa County Food Pantry would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at

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Dodgeville 608-935-3628

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