Robert Eugene Martin, 82, of Pana, passed away at 12:48 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Decatur Memorial Hospital.  He was born on December 8, 1934 in Todds Point, Illinois, the son of Paul L. Martin and Sally (Black) Wagner.  Robert was a veteran of the United States Army.  He was the owner and operator of Martin’s Autobody in Decatur for 48 years, and an owner of the “Wild Child” racecar.  He loved riding his motorcycle, camping, fishing, and showed registered quarter horses.  Robert was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pana.  
He is survived by his loving, caring sister: Midge L. May of Taylorville.  The family would like to extend special thanks to Bill and Sue Koons for all the support and care.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers: Jack Martin & Glen Wagner.  
Mr. Martin will be cremated and a private family graveside will be held at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville. Memorial donations may be made to the wishes of the Robert E. Martin family.  McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is handling arrangements.  Memories of Robert, or condolences to the family, may be left online at

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