Marvin L. Wood|
July 27, 1927 - May 10, 2014
Marvin L. Wood of Salem passed away May 10, 2014.
He is survived by his four adult children and their families; Babette Wood, Debra Wood, David and Julia Wood and their three children, Christopher, Katherine and Samuel and Victoria (Wood) and Jonathan Brown. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Anne (Boylan) Wood.
A man of great character, he loved Jesus and served His church great with passion, persistence and humility. He had a joyful presence and laughed frequently and deeply, often at his own jokes. He faced adversity in his life with a quiet determination and deep commitment to a principled life. He was an example of a Christian man to all who knew him. He was active in the Peninsula Covenant Church (California) and then Trinity Covenant Church (Salem) for more than 40 years serving as elder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher from ages 2's and 3's to unrepentant adolescents. Most recently he attended Salem Alliance Church and Westminster Presbyterian with his daughters and son-in-law. He had a passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through service and missions. He supported and communicated with many missionaries.
He voluntarily served his country in both World War II and the Korean War achieving the rank of Lieutenant Junior grade. He then worked for over 35 years for the American Can Company. He was a "can man" deep in his soul.
A devoted and loving husband, caring for his ailing wife for years before she passed 7 years prior to him. He had a deep commitment to his wife and children regardless of the difficulties faced. As neighbor and friend he was loving and generous, making friends with whoever crossed his path. Whenever his name came up in conversation the first comment made to his children from everyone was, "I love your dad."
He gave of himself in service in many venues—church, community to the Rotary Club, as an advocate for the developmentally disabled, and tutor in his daughter's public school to name a few. His love of golf, family and fixing things will be missed. He was constantly helping do or fix things around the church or his children's' houses as long as he was physically able.
A memorial service will be held July 12 at 3 PM with a reception to follow at Trinity Covenant Church, 5020 Liberty Rd. S. in Salem.
Gifts may be given to The Union Gospel Mission of Salem.
Assisting the family Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on May 18, 2014