Martin Allen Barnes, aka "Marty", "Butch" and "PaPa"

Martin Allen Barnes, aka "Marty", "Butch" and "PaPa", 80, of La Porte, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at Miller's Merry Manor, New Carlisle, IN.


Martin was born on June 3, 1941 in La Porte, IN, to Betty (Burden) Barnes and Martin John Hough.  He was later adopted by Keith Barnes.


On April 24, 1965 at St. John's Lutheran Church, La Porte, he married Connie Jean Dittmer who survives.  Also surviving are his children, Brenda (Victor) Hull, Kelly (Thomas) Owens, and Jeffrey (Theresa) Barnes all of La Porte; 7 grandchildren, Lindsey (John Berry) Hull, Matthew Hull, Nickolas (Josie) Owens, Tyler (DeMira Hunter) Owens, Jordan (Christian) Porter, Megan Barnes, and Kyleigh Barnes; great-granddaughter, Ellianna Owens; and two second cousins.


He was preceded by his parents; grandparents; aunt; uncle; and 2 grandchildren.


Martin proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 4 years, with the last two years serving as an Embassy Guard in Geneva, Switzerland.


Martin was a phone man for at least 35 years at General Telephone Electric.  After retirement, for fun, he accepted a job as a bagger at Al's Grocery Store, La Porte, mostly to chit-chat with customers and catch up on local gossip.  He enjoyed walking, cutting wood, mowing his lawn, and watching football, basketball, and NASCAR.  Martin was often found enjoying his early morning coffee at Jenny Rae's Restaurant, reading the paper and harassing the waitresses.  He is fondly remembered for his dedication to his children and grandchildren.  Martin would escort his children to school activities and enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren's Little League games.  Martin will be dearly missed by those who love him.


From Butch to everyone, "too-da-loo".


A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.


A time of visitation will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. 


Memorial donations may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, 111 Kingsbury Ave., La Porte, IN 46350.


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