Marvin E. Chaffin
Retired MSgt Marvin Edwin Chaffin, USAF, 49, of Highland, formerly of O'Fallon, Ill., born July 18, 1958, in Pevely, Mo., passed away Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Clinton County.
Marvin was a US veteran, retiring from the Air Force in 1996, earning the rank of Master Sergeant. While on active duty, he was a fuel maintainer for the F-15 Eagle for more than 15 years. He then retrained as an Automated Functional Applications Analyst/Monitor and served in this capacity until his retirement. His many awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Humanitarian Service Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal. Currently, Marvin was employed as a system administrator for Nortel Government Solutions, at Scott AFB. He had recently moved to Highland, Ill., where he attended St. Paul Catholic Church. Marvin was president of the Filipino-American Association in O'Fallon and was employed at SWIC since 1994 as an adjunct faculty member in the Business Division, where he taught in the Computer Information Systems Program. Marvin's friends and colleagues will remember him as a kind and caring man and he will be greatly missed.
Marvin was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Henry Chaffin and two brothers, Harold and Larry Chaffin.
He is survived by his wife, Grace, nee Del Rosario, Chaffin, of Highland, Ill.; three sons, Marine SSgt Edwin (Nereida) Chaffin, currently serving in Japan, Andrew (dear friend Melanie Glauber) Chaffin of St. Louis, formerly of O'Fallon, Ill., Air Force Airman Jonathan (Julie) Chaffin, currently serving at Dyess AFB, Tex; three grandchildren, Nevia, Nadia, and Edwin, Jr. Marvin is also survived by his mother, Esther H., nee Coates, Chaffin of Gatewood, Mo.; brother, George (Tammy) Chaffin of St. Charles, Mo.; two sisters, Joanna (Larry) Hoene of Sigel, Ill., and Norma Palazzolo of Racine, Wisc.; and dear friends, Bob and Helen Greynolds and their children, Ryan and Kristina, of Oxfordshire, England.
Visit Wolfersberger Funeral Home's website at www.wfh-ofallon.com to sign the on-line guestbook or offer condolences and encouragement to the family.
Memorial donations in honor of MSgt Marvin Chaffin are requested to the family, to be used toward the ongoing care and recovery of Marvin's wife, Grace, who was seriously injured in the accident.
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at St. Clare Catholic Church, 1411 Cross Street, Shiloh, Ill.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at St. Clare Catholic Church, with Father James Deiters presiding. Cremation will take place following all services.
WOLFERSBERGER FUNERAL HOME, O'Fallon, Ill.
Wolfersberger Funeral Home - O'Fallon
102 West Washington Street O'Fallon, IL 62269
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2007