Marvin Phillips

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Marvin Smith Phillips

MANSFIELD: Marvin Smith Phillips passed away early Thursday morning, August 28, 2014 in his Mansfield home surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Born January 16, 1921 to the late Ely & Verna (Smith) Phillips, Marvin was graduated from Barnesville High School before continuing his education at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1944 with a doctorate degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

On January 16, 1944 (his 23rd birthday) he married LaVey Althoff and they spent 70 wonderful years together. Shortly after he was married, Marvin joined the Army Medical Corps and was honored to serve his country.

In his 93 years, he was a talented veterinarian (in Athens), developer, farmer, amateur geologist and historian, and a man of faith to whom family was immeasurably dear. Psalm 23 and the Gettysburg Address personified his values. Ever frugal and hard working, he spread his wealth to others and he had a real talent for observing and commending the skills of each person, boosting their confidence and sense of self worth.

In addition to his loving wife LaVey Phillips of Mansfield, he is survived by four children (and spouses): Carol (Jack) Walter of Crete, IL, Steven (Pamela) Phillips of Mansfield, Linda (John) Strutner of Gate City, VA, and Bruce (Annita) Phillips of Kuttawa, KY; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; siblings: Marjorie McMurry of Westerville, Martha Bratton of Columbus, and Gene Williams of Dayton.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Loften, Leland and Edward Phillips.

Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Grace Fellowship Church, 365 Straub Road East, Mansfield, Ohio 44903, where a memorial service honoring his life will be held at 2 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Feed My Starving Children, 401 93rd Avenue, NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Marvin's family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


Published in the News Journal on Sept. 4, 2014
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