Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory
14275 Blackbob Road South
Olathe, KS 66063


Obituary Condolences

Olathe optometrist and civic leader Marvin E. Wollen passed away peacefully at home September 10, 2013 at the age of 81. A proud and active Rotarian for over fifty years, he was also a mover and shaker for Grace United Methodist Church, an announcer of the Old Settlers Day Parade, and a member of many boards vital to the well being of the Johnson County area. One accomplishment he took great pride in was his service as a Johnson County Park and Recreation Board Commissioner including a term as chair. He also enjoyed an appointment as a Trustee of the National Parks and Recreation Association. He will also be remembered for playing Santa Claus for forty-nine years to thousands of Olathe School District children as well as for numerous charity events. Dr. Wollen leaves behind a host of people who dearly loved him. Besides Sally, his wife of sixty-one years, he is survived by his daughters, Cathy Maxwell, Terri Wilke, and Tammi Watkins, his son-in-law Darryll Watkins and his grandchildren Chelsea Maxwell Maerzluft and her husband Daniel, Andrew Maxwell and his fiancee Holly, Samantha Maxwell Leon and her husband Diego, Ashley Watkins, Parker Watkins and his significant other Shantenie, Ally Wilke, his great grandchildren Trinity Sencindiver and Zavier Leon, and his sister Alberta and her husband Lester Schulte as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Those whom he loved who have predeceased him include his daughter Cindy Wollen, his son-in-law Kevin Maxwell, his parents, his sister Juanita Webber, and his brothers George Wollen, and Olin Wollen. Visitation will be from 9:00am- 10:30am on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church, 11485 S. Ridgeview Rd, Olathe, KS with a memorial service beginning at 10:30am. A committal service will follow at 2:30pm at the Garnett Cemetery, Garnett, KS. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.penwellgabelolathe.com

Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 12, 2013
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