Luis Martinez Sanchez

Luis Martinez Sanchez, age 63, of Franklin, Il. died early Sunday morning (October 15, 2017) at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Il.

He was born August 8, 1954 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico son of the late Bartollo Martinez and Catalina Sanchez.

He married Sheryl Shearburn on June 23, 1983 in Springfield, Il. and she survives.

Also surviving is a daughter, Stefanie Ortman (Brian) of Waverly, Il.; a son, William Carrillo of Franklin, Il.; one grandson, Liam Ortman of Waverly, Il. and a granddaughter on the way, Paige Ortman; a sister, Evelyn Martinez Sanchez of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law, Donna Shearburn; and a niece Jackie and a nephew Chino.

Luis retired from Amern Electric, working at the Meredosia, Il. power plant for many years.  He loved to hunt, fish, and boat.  He also farmed outside Franklin for many years.  Luis loved spending time with his grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held 7 p.m. Friday (October 20, 2017) at the Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Waverly, Il.  Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a trust fund to be established for Liam & Paige c/o Sheryl Sanchez & Neece-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home, 349 Tanner, Waverly, Il.  Condolences may be sent to the family online at