Merle Martin

Merle Martin
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Merle W. “Nick” Martin, 86, of Belleville, IL, born September 8, 1929, in Ionia, MI, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at his residence.

Mr. Martin retired from CBS and Viacom in St. Louis, MO.  A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a member of the American Legion.

Nick was preceded in death by his father, Merle H. Martin; his mother, Violet A., nee Wilson, Martin Zerba; his stepfather, Joseph Zerba Sr.; a sister, Cynthia Branch; and a grandson, Carey Smith.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Patricia, nee Egner, Martin, whom he married on February 6, 1974;
four daughters, Denise J. (Douglas) Hahn of Colorado,
Denette M. Martin of Belleville, IL,
Denita R. (Guy) Rose of Belleville, IL,
and Denna L. King of Belleville, IL;
a son, Nicholaus W. Martin of St. Louis, MO;
three stepchildren, Denise McCarron of Texas,
Elaine (Rick) Taylor of Texas,
and David (Cheryl) Votrian of Belleville, IL;
12 grandchildren, Coleen, Cristen, Corrine, Shelby,
Shanna, Holly, Cody, Sierra, Maddy,
Stephanie, Richard, and Trevor;
numerous great-grandchildren;
a brother and two sisters, Joseph Zerba Jr., Patricia L. Clark, and Pamela S. Potter,
all of Michigan;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, 503 North Maple, Effingham, IL  62401.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: Private family services will be held with burial at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

Condolences Left For Merle Martin

We send our condolences to the family of Nick Martin. We were truly sorry to hear of his passing. We met Nick in 1969 and had some fun times together when our families were young. We will miss him.

Tom & Cathey Martin, Palm Bay, Florida, 32907

I worked with Nick at Ch. 4, and I must say, every project we worked on, was a pleasurable one. He was kind, very intelligent, just a ‘good guy’ to work with.My sincere condolences to the entire family.May GOD comfort all of you.

Ollie Raymand, St.Louis, MO., 63128

Our deepest sympathy to Patty and family. Nick was our neighbor for the past 30 years. What a great, caring guy, who was always looking out for us. Nick will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts. May you rest in peace.

Pam and Zach Stafford, Belleville, IL, 62220

I worked with Nick for several years before his retirement from KMOV-TV. He was a great guy and took the lead with our automated. Since he left I often wondered how he was enjoying retirement. He was a good guy and I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Doug Westadt, Belleville, Illinois, 62221

So sad to see you go, Nick. You will continue to live on in the hearts of those of us who love you.

Rick Taylor, Magnolia, Texas, 77355

Nick was so helpful when I started at KMOV, (KMOX) in 1985. I’ll always remember what he told me was his nightly ritual. “I always have my bowl of ice cream before bedtime.” May heaven have all the ice cream you can eat!

Michael E. Alexander, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, 64086


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