Allen H. Martin

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Allen H.

Allen Howard Martin

Franklin – Born to Harriet Haas and Elmer Martin on August 10th, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on January 15th, 2021 at the age of 75. Allen was proceeded in death by his loving wife Karen “Chris” Martin, his parents Elmer and Harriet Martin and his sister Joyce Martin. Survived by his children Lisa Traylor, Lori (Greg) Gilanyi, Tomas Martin (Sheila Collins), John (Melisa) Martin. Stepfather to Keri (Donald) Gerbing, Kurt (Larae) Brossman. Grandfather to Kim (Ben) Dorval, Joani Hargrow, Benjamin Traylor, Nathan Gilanyi, Matthew (Emily) Gilanyi, Amy (Nick) Szeklinski, Alex Martin, Emily Martin, Kylee Sekach, Emily Martin, Jack Martin, Kaden Martin, Jessica Gerbing, Jared Gerbing, Parker Brossman, and Lily Brossman. Great-Grandfather of Faith Buss, Barrett, Carlton, and Elias Dorval, Blake and Jade Hargrow, Lily Gilanyi, Andrey and Sophia Struck, and Jordan Manriquez. Also survived by other relatives and family.

Allen graduated from Greendale High School in 1963. He worked for the Franklin Fire Department for over 30 years where he retired as Captain. Col Allen Martin served on the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Board and was an auctioneer for many years. Allen was a lifetime member of the Union Grove and Oak Creek Tractor Clubs where he proudly displayed his toy tractor farm annually.

A special thanks to Aurora Hospice especially RN Cindi and CNA Gerry for their caring support for Allen and his family in his final months.

Allen was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend and will be greatly missed by all. We love you Dad and like you always said “Keep the boots dry”.

Visitation – Wednesday, January 20, 2021 10am-2pm at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME (9200 S. 27th St.) Oak Creek, WI.

No service-Private Burial Arlington Park Cemetery.


  1. keri Gerbing January 16, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Some of Allens great grandchildren are incorrectly named and are as follows……Andrey and Sophia Struck and Jordan Manriquez.

  2. Robert and Eileen Collins January 16, 2021 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Our condolences to our extended Martin family.

  3. Craig Langowski January 16, 2021 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear Captain Al is no longer with us. I enjoyed working with Al for many years and always loved hearing stories he would share. Rest In Peace sir. We’ll take it from here.

  4. Lianne Schmitt January 17, 2021 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Ill always remember your dad as “Mr. Martin” like I still call him after 48 years of knowing him. I feel like the luckiest person in the world to have the Martin’ as my second family and am here for you all .
    I loved coming over and listening to him play his concertina and sing on the stage in the rec room!! Fly High Mr. Martin!! xoxo

    FYI Mr. Martin………….Danny loved roll out the barrel so maybe you could play that for him up there while he knocks a cold one back!!!!
    Hugs and kisses!!!!
    Lianne Zalewski-Schmitt

  5. judy Collins January 17, 2021 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    loved having Al for an auctioneer. always a great guy. loved looking at his toy tractors collection. will miss Al and Chris at the local fairs and pioneer days. may the rest in peace. missed very much

  6. Bob Kaczkowski retired Franklin P.D. January 18, 2021 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Al was a friend and a joy to be with. We laughed and shared brewskis when off duty. On duty, he was the best, sharing his knowledge and efforts with me and my fellow Franklin Police Dept. officers.

  7. bernard gorres January 18, 2021 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Al was a great Brother-in-law to me. When we were together it was always entertaining especially our ride on his new motorcycle. What FUN it was.
    Rest in peace, Al. No more suffering. We extend our deepest sympathy to Lisa, Lori, Tom, John and families. With love Bernie & MaryLou

  8. Chief Rick Oliva January 18, 2021 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I was privileged to know Al from his time on the Franklin Police and Fire Commission. He was a dedicated public servant and a true gentleman. On behalf of the entire Franklin Police Department I want to express our sincere condolences to Al’s family and friends.

  9. Ronald Naab January 18, 2021 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends. I got to know Al through the fire service and the Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors. He truly was a bright light on the hill in the fire service and Franklin community.

  10. Debbie Hill January 18, 2021 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful slide show! It shows how much Al was loved, and how much he loved his family! So thankful to have known both him and Chris and to have so many memories of my time spent with them! Hold fast to the knowledge that you will all be together again one day! Hugs and love from Michigan.

  11. Dennis Hareng January 19, 2021 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I went to o Greendale High with Al. We double dated in Al’s cool convertible. After High School Al & I worked together at the Enco Station in Hales Corners, and another 30 yrs with the Fire Dept. Have many fond memories, I don’t believe Al ever left a Christmas or retirement party without being asked to sing Tiny Bubbles or the Green Green Grass of Home.

    Peace my friend until we meet again.

    Dennis Hareng

  12. Tom Kleist January 20, 2021 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Karen and Tom Kleist fellow Auctioneer.
    We will miss you Al . It was always a great time working with you and attending Auctioneer conventions together. Al had a great sense of humor and fun to be around. His toy farm displays were absolutely second to none and will be greatly missed. We will miss you Al.. Our prayers are with the family. God bless. Tom Kleist

  13. Jim Luty January 25, 2021 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    My condolences to the Family Al was my Captain in Franklin during the 70’s And taught me everything I know Lots of good memories and laughs he will be missed. Seeing the video tribute was great.

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