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In Loving Memory of
Ernest J. {Ernie} Martinez, Jr

Ernest J. {Ernie} Martinez, Jr. (53)
Fortified with sacraments of Holy Mother Church
Passed away March 17, 2024 Surrounded by family

Beloved father of Stephen (Emily) and the late Jacob. Cherished son of Ernest J. Sr. & Esperanza (nee Gonzalez) Martinez. Beloved brother of Monica (Alejo), Julia (Rodrigo), and Andrea (Scott). Dearest grandfather of Lily & Ellie. Most loved uncle of Tony, Leticia, Anna, Gigo, Nic (Jazmin), Briana, Sebastian, Julie, Jacob, and Jasper. Great uncle of Isabella, Sophia, Arianna, Kylie, Leila, Damien, Isiah, Kai, Josiah, Jeremiah, and Grace. Dear nephew, great nephew, godfather, cousin, and friend.

After leaving the US Marine Corps, Ernie was in the casino business for 30 plus years, he started as a security guard when the Casino Queen opened and worked his way up to a Slot Manager at the Argosy casino. Everyone knew that Ernie would show up to family functions for at least 5 minutes in his casino uniform with his Tupperware for his to-go lunch. Nothing can match the love and joy he had for his family except his love for the Dallas Cowboys, he also enjoyed playing pool and darts.

Visitation Friday March 22, 2024 4pm-8pm 

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd. Granite City, IL 62040

Service Saturday March 23, 2024 11am at Saksa Funeral Home

Interment Mt. Carmel Cemetery Belleville, IL 62223

Thomas Saksa Funeral Home 2205 Pontoon Rd Granite City IL 62040  618-876-4321
Saksa Mateer Funeral Home  210 N. Kansas Edwardsville IL 62025  618-656-7577

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