Jan. 6, 1926 - Jun. 23, 2016 Marvelous Marv, 90. A fine man and great guy. Born and growing up in Mt. Olive, IL. Marvin graduated from high school in wartime. At 17, he joined the Navy, trained as pilot and flew missions until 1946. Post war, Marv returned home to marry, and manage his family's bottling plant "Meyer Beverage". By the mid-sixties, Marvin had sold the plant and moved with his wife Donna and teen children to Sarasota. Here he built a commercial refrigeration service business. Learning as he went, his growing reputation soon gained customers county-wide. In the ensuing years, living up to his "marvelous" title, Marv focused on designing and then building, by himself, a beach house on San Pedro Island. He also served with the island's volunteer fire department as he had done in earlier years in Mt. Olive. Growing restless after nine years of beautiful waterfront living, the house was sold. Donna with Marv, now semi-retired, began their travel odyssey. They took to the road pulling an Airstream throughout the US and Mexico. For another nine years this sojourn continued, interrupted only by winter visits home for the holidays.Donna, their daughter Linda and sons Steven and John preceded Marv in death. Surviving now is his widow, Kathleen, his daughters-in-law Carol Davey and Patti Meyer. Grandchildren are Dan Meyer, Lauren Meyer, Rachel Daigle, James Howard, Victoria Jean Panagiotakis, Christina Fultz, Thomas Fultz, Jennifer Robb and John Meyer. Great grandchildren? Oh so many! They bid their Pop Pop safe travel and know he now belongs to the angels. A family gathering will take place at a later date. If desired, donations can be made to Tidewell Hospice.
Published in The Bradenton Herald from July 1 to July 2, 2016