Martin C. Meissner was born in Midland County to Gustav and Alma Meissner and grew up on a farm with his parents, four sisters and two brothers. He was baptized at, confirmed at and attended Grace Lutheran Church. Martin attended Prairie Lee School as a young child and graduated from Midland High School. Martin then went to college at Tarleton State and Texas Tech, where he took part in Army ROTC.
After graduation, Martin was commissioned as a second lieutenant and was stationed in Germany and promoted to captain. He was an active member of the army reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He served as president of the Texas chapter of Reserve Officers Association for one year. As an active member of the ROA Midland chapter, he helped sponsor several ROA conventions in Midland.
Martin was a noted businessman in Midland as an independent insurance agent from the late 1950s through the mid 1990s and also held a real estate brokers license. In 1957, he married Rosenell Meyer. In 1960 they moved into a house that was referred to as the Pepto-Bismol house, known for its vibrant pink and green colors.
Martin loved the Lord Jesus and remained active in church throughout his life and was a member of the church council and a Sunday school teacher.
After retirement, Martin was active in several dancing groups from Odessa, Midland and Big Spring, where he met his wife, Jackie Robertson. Martin and Jackie were married in September 2005. They both were active in dancing.
During this time, Martin and his wife were active at the Midland Senior Center and enjoyed the Gospel singing activity on Wednesdays, followed by the noon meals and other activities.
Martin was preceded to heaven by his father, Gustav and mother, Alma; and wife, Rosenell.
He is survived by his four sisters, Marie Hanna, Lillie Lippe, Leona Foster and Ada Hill; two brothers, Melvin Meissner and Fred Meissner; his wife, Jackie Meissner; his two sons, Ed Meissner and Ivan Meissner; and Jackieâ€™s daughters, Sherri L. Hill, Patty Hooper, Pamela Robertson, Peggy Eggleton, Patti Lee Robertson and Vicki Cook.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. Interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061; or Crossroads Hospice, 421 Main St., Big Spring, TX 79720.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Midland. Online condolences can be made at: www.npwelch.com