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Hector Manuel Martinez
December 30, 1965 - September 11, 2022

Hector Manuel Martinez

Hector Manuel Martinez
Dec 30, 1965 - Sep 11, 2022

Hector Manuel Martinez
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Hector Manuel Martinez, resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, passed away on Patriot Day, September 11, 2022 at the age of 56, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Hector was born on December 30, 1965 in New York, New York to Hector Martinez and Diana.

Hector had many hobbies and interests that included boating, maintaining his home's yard, hunting, restoring antique trucks, fishing, and repairing machinery: as skill that was passed on from his father and grandfather.

After a career in both the United States Army and the United States Air Force, Hector retired from the US Air Force with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 2017. As an ARMY NCO Hector was forward deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. As a C130 Aircrew member with the Michigan Air National Guard, Hector deployed many times to Central Asia and the Middle East in support of the Global War on Terror.

He is survived by his loving daughters, Margaret and Eleanor Martinez and his dear sister, Arleen Martinez.

Visitation for Hector will take place on Thursday, September 15th from 4-8pm with a Rosary, 7pm, at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral Friday, September 16th; Instate 10:00am until the time of Mass 10:30am, at Our Lady Star of Sea, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods.


Michael DuBois on Sep 20, 2022

Hector always had your back when flying, whether it was real world or a 4 hour training flight. We can be sure he is putting in a good word for each of us in his heavenly debrief. God rest you, Hector. Catch up with you later.

Beth Kinkade on Sep 15, 2022

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Our Condolences for the loss Hector!
May he Rest in Peace.
All our love -
The Kinkade Family
~ Dave & Beth, Ethan, Nicole, Mia

Pat Martinez on Sep 14, 2022

Hector and I were friends back in the late 80s and early 90s , many good times playing beach volleyball, going to Myrtle beach and Cancun , also alive after 5 , we constantly teased our friends and each other bless you and your family.

Patrick Martinez on Sep 14, 2022

Patrick Martinez on Sep 14, 2022

Andre Manus on Sep 14, 2022

May the daughters find comfort at this difficult time. I pray that God will provide strength for them and give them peace. And may the daughters realize that their family will be a big part of their healing. Please lean on one another for comfort, may God bless the family as they move forward to these difficult days ahead.

Kathy Fuller on Sep 14, 2022

After the tears have dried and the goodbyes are said, all we have is happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones. Praying that they comfort you in this difficult time. Tony LaGore & Kathy Fuller.

Anthony LaGore on Sep 14, 2022

20 years of Friendship

Anthony LaGore on Sep 14, 2022

20 years of Friendship

Jan Williams on Sep 14, 2022

There are not enough words to express my heartfelt thank you for the love Hector gave our special friend and family. This great man will be missed by all who knew him. RIP

Robert Bobski Kicinski on Sep 14, 2022

Such sad news of this young Man, A Great co worker at RDU. Always smiling and joking but did his job professionally RIP

Taz Joarder on Sep 14, 2022

Dan Totsch on Sep 13, 2022

Dan Totsch on Sep 13, 2022

Dan Totsch on Sep 13, 2022

Dan Totsch on Sep 13, 2022

Dan Totsch on Sep 13, 2022

John Borges on Sep 13, 2022

Very sad news indeed, Hector was one of the most sincere, warm hearted individuals anyone could ever encounter. Great friend, awesome co-worker! Rest easy my friend 🙏

Gina on Sep 13, 2022

Worked with Hector in RDU late 80’s and early 90’s. He was always smiling and happy and either telling a joke or making you smile and laugh in some way. Rest In Peace. Sincere condolences to the family.
Gina Whitfield and Family

Scott Hodge on Sep 13, 2022

Hector could light up a room, we are all saddened by this news. I will always cherish our trips to the beach, many good times. Many condolences to the family. Rest easy my friend.
Scott Hodge and Family

Tomé gordo on Sep 13, 2022

Rest easy my friend, you will be missed by Manny.My heart felt condolences to the family of this great man.
Tomé Gordo & Family. 🎣

Debra Slaney on Sep 13, 2022

I remember when Hector took my son to see a military helicopter Alex was so excited …my husband and I worked with Hector in Raleigh
and have fond memories of him …An awesome and caring man gone too soon 💜

Glenn Jeanes on Sep 13, 2022

My condolences to family. Hector was a good friend. Our families enjoyed vacations at the beach when we first started our families. He will greatly missed but not forgotten. RIP my friend, Love you man. Glenn Jeanes and family.



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Chas. Verheyden, Inc.
16300 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
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Our Lady Star of the Sea
467 Fairford Rd
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Our Lady Star of the Sea
467 Fairford Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
10:30 AM

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