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MARVIN LEE BERRON

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MARVIN LEE BERRON, 84, died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. Born in St. Marys, Ohio, he was a son of Carl and Erma Berron. Marvin contracted polio at the age of 20 and lost the use of his legs. He attended the University of Illinois where he was a member of the U of I National Wheelchair Basketball Association championship team of 1954. He married Shirley C. Seyer-Agner in November of 1952. After graduating from the Illinois College of Business in 1956, Marvin and Shirley moved to Fort Wayne. He had a long career in small business, starting two businesses, Concord Counselors (a fundraising consulting firm) and the Winchester Gun Club. Later, he managed the Wildwood Racquet Club. He retired in 1990 and he and Shirley moved to North Ft. Myers, Fla. They moved back to Fort Wayne in 2003, after Shirley was diagnosed with cancer. The past three years Marvin lived at Lutheran Life Villages on South Anthony. He is survived by four children, Rebecca (Steve) Hollingsworth, Christine Baxter, Mark (Mary Anne) and Karl (Kari); 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and twin sister, Martha Sprague of St. Marys. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, in 2003; grandson, Ryan Baxter, in 1999; and brother, George, in 2009. "A man who forged an inspirational life out of the ravages of polio, he was dearly loved by family and friends and an example of perseverance and quiet courage to all who knew him." Memorial service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Lutheran Life Villages Chapel on S. Anthony, with calling from 10 to 11 a.m. A light lunch will be served following the service. Memorials may be made to Turnstone Disabled Sports Program of Fort Wayne or Lutheran Life Villages.

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jan. 9, 2013
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