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Richard ‘Rick’ Franklin Martz

• Updated Jul 8, 2014 at 3:25 AM

A celebration service of Rick’s life will be conducted at the New Vision Baptist Church at 1750 N. Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11 a.m., conducted by Brother Phillip Robinson.

Mr. Martz, age 76, of Lebanon, passed away Sunday July 6, 2014.

Rick was born in Graham, Texas on May 8, 1938 to Amer Otto and Emma Lou Hodges Martz. He was married for more than 50 years to his best friend and wife, Frieda Rubsam Martz.

Rick made his career spending 22 years as an Army aviator and retired as a CW4 warrant officer. A member of the graduating flight school class 64-6W, he served nearly five years in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Rick then dedicated 18 years to the Federal Aviation Administration-Flight Standards and two years with the National Accident Investigation Team out of Washington, D.C.

He was honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, the RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm for Meritorious Service, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Frieda Martz; children, Robert, Ralph, Angela and Ronald; sisters, Ann and Nell; brothers-in-law, Louie and Anise; seven grandchildren, several nieces; nephews; and many great friends.

He loved God, Jesus his Lord and Savior, his wife, family and country with all his heart.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements.