Raymond A. “Ray” Martens
May 4, 1961 - March 19, 2023
Raymond A. “Ray” Martens, age 61, of New Castle, DE, left this earthly world and went to Heaven as he wished, in his own house, in his own bed and not in a hospital, on Sunday, March 19, 2023. He was with his mother, sister, and devoted brother-in-law.
Born and raised in New Castle, DE on May 4, 1961, he was a son of Ruth Ann (Betts) and the late David Martens. Ray was a graduate of the 1980 class of William Penn High School. He was severely injured in an explosion at his work place, the Ciba-Geigy Plant, in 1984 when he was 24 years old and it limited him in his activities later in his life.
Ray loved collecting old Ford Motors memorabilia and antique Ford trucks. He was a member of the Delaware Chapter of Antique Trucks and was the proud owner of a 1948 Ford Flatbed truck. Ray enjoyed watching wrestling, auto races, Discovery and History channels on TV. Even though he was in pain and disabled, he loved to tell people about Jesus and Salvation.
In addition to his father, Ray was preceded in death by his brother, David in 1971. He is survived by his mother, Ruth Ann Martens; sister, Diane Rauch; brother-in-law, Brian Rauch; and many cousins.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE, where he will be buried with his father and brother.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray’s memory to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, PO Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394 or online by clicking here or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online by clicking here.