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Martin Wayne Newkirk

Martin Wayne Newkirk, 84, of Searcy died June 23, 2012. He was born November 20, 1927 in Sentinel, Oklahoma to the late William and Cordie Newkirk.

Mr. Newkirk joined the Marines at the age of 17 and served in WWII and the Korean War. He spent a year in North China and was one of the first Americans to enter the Forbidden City in Peking, China. He spent one year on the Island of Guam. Three months after returning to the states he was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier KERSERGE and went around the world. After the Korean War began he went back in service and served as Machine Gun Squad Leader 1st Marine Division in Korea. After being honorably discharged from the Marines, he moved to Detroit, Michigan and worked for the National Bank of Detroit for three years. While in Detroit he attended the American Institute of Banking for two years. Airplanes always fascinated him and while in high school, he paid two dollars for a plane ride and was hooked. He received a pilot license at the age of twenty-two.

He is survived by a son, Michael Newkirk and wife Marsha; daughter, Connie Newkirk; three grandchildren, Alison Oakes and husband Lance, Brittany Bates and husband Johnny, and Cassie Newkirk; two great-grandchildren, Simon Oakes and Carlen Bates.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, at Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Augusta Memorial Gardens in Augusta.

  • Visitation

    June 26, 2012
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Searcy-McEuen Funeral Home

    2616 S. Main St.
    Searcy, AR
    (501) 279-9300

  • Graveside Service

    June 27, 2012
    10:00 AM

    Augusta Memorial Gardens

    Augusta, AR


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Connie, I am so sorry for your loss. May God Bless You and your family in your time of need.

Posted by Paulette Poe - Cedar City, UT - friend   June 25, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Oh Dad, how I am going to miss you. I hope you rest in peace....

Posted by Connie - Judsonia, AR - Daughter   June 26, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Connie,
My heart goes out to you and your family during the loss of your father. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. If you need anything please feel free to contact me.
Love ya!!!

Posted by Angelia Smith - Friend   June 26, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Connie, You know how sorry I am for your loss,Prayers for comfort to you and Mike. Love you!

Posted by Debbie and Eddie Cummings - Judsonia, AR - Friend   June 26, 2012

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM