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Col. Martin Stuk, 98

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Col. Martin Stuk

Col. Martin Stuk

Stuk, Col. Martin, of Franklin County, died surrounded by his family on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, at Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston W.Va.; he was 98 years old. His memory is cherished by his son, Gregory and wife Kathy Stuk, of Saline, Mich., son, Geoffrey and wife Gina Stuk of Cleveland, Ohio, daughter, Linda and husband Charles Knowles of Chapmanville, W.V. and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Janice. Martin was born on July 29, 1917, in East Chicago, Ind., the son of Andrew and Mary (Karp) Stuk. He was united in marriage with his wife, Marjorie Janice on Dec. 22, 1952, in Altadena, Calif. Martin was a retired USAF Colonel and a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His love of music and talent at the piano led Martin to pursue a career in music at an early age, earning a master’s degree at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. At age 17, Martin won first place at the 1934 Chicago World’s Fair with his performance of his adaption of the Hungarian Rhapsody to the accordion. Classical music was an intimate part of his entire life and played a significant role in shaping his family’s love and pursuit of music. His service to our country included significant contributions to intelligence gathering and covert operations during WWII working with US and British intelligence agencies. Following WWII, he served under Gen. Omar Bradley and was part of the Japan reconstruction efforts. After earning a Masters in Reliability Engineering at the USAF Institute of Technology, he was appointed liaison to NASA working with Wernher Von Braun on the first US space station “SkyLab.” After his many years of service he retired to a quiet life on his farm in Tennessee. There will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate Martin’s life on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. at the Marble Hill Methodist Church with interment to follow at the Stuk family farm on Lynchburg Rd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marble Hill Methodist Church, c/o Joe Millsaps, 1180 Marble Hill Rd., Winchester, TN 37398. Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.