The Rev. Marlin Wesley Collingwood, formerly of Hill Street, Emlenton, died Wednesday evening at the Clarview Nursing Home in Sligo, where he had been a resident for several years.
He was born on Sept. 19, 1928, in Ford City to the late Frederick and Gladys Collingwood.
Marlin graduated from Harbrack High School in 1946 and from Anderson College and Anderson Theological Seminary in 1952 with a master of divinity degree. Marlin was ordained into full-time ministry by the Church of God, Anderson, Ind., in 1953.
He married Margaret Joyce McCoy in 1948; she preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 2005.
Marlin was the pastor of several Church of God congregations in Western Pennsylvania during his 60 years of ministry, including Penn Run Church of God in Maple Grove, Murrysville Church of God in Murrysville and the Franklin Avenue Church of God in Vandergrift, where he served for more than 12 years.
He was very active in the state and national leadership of the Church of God, serving on numerous state and national committees and agencies for more than 30 years.
In 1969 he was called to be the first director at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center, the state Church of God camping facility in Emlenton. During his time at Whitehall, he oversaw a major expansion and building campaign for the camp that included a new 2,500 seat auditorium, the construction of Kerry Lake and the Redwood Youth Village, in addition to directing and managing summer youth camps and winter conferences and retreats.
In 1975, Marlin established the first permanent Church of God congregation in Emlenton, located on the Whitehall camp grounds. After retiring from Whitehall in 1980, he became director of buildings and grounds for the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District and served in that position until his retirement in 1993.
Marlin was an active member of the Emlenton Area Ministerial Association and the Emlenton Kiwanis and helped start the Emlenton men's prayer breakfast, held each month at the Plaza Restaurant. He was an avid reader, hunter, carpenter and fisherman.
Marlin and his wife, Joyce, loved to travel and led several pilgrimage tours to the Holy Land, Rome and Egypt for church parishioners, friends and area residents.
Through his long life of ministry, he counseled hundreds of people, preached thousands of sermons, married dozens of couples, blessed hundreds of babies, conducted countless funerals and comforted hundreds of families. He had an unwavering belief in the love of God and the power of that love to transform lives.
He is survived by one sister, Patsy Lighty of Wichita, Kan.; and one brother, Fredrick Collingwood of Houston, Texas.
Marlin and his wife Joyce had three children who all survive, Deborah Southworth of Emlenton, Monica Heal and her husband, Robert, of Emlenton and Marlin W. Collingwood II and his husband, Gary, of Medford, Mass.
Marlin had four grandsons, Jesse Armstrong and his wife, Bobbi, of Emlenton, Adrian Southworth and his wife, Lena, of Emlenton, Clinton Armstrong and his wife, Jamie, of Slippery Rock and U.S. Navy
Master Chief Petty Officer Levi Southworth and his wife, Nicole, of Tampa, Fla.
In addition, he is survived by six great-grandchildren, Jacob Armstrong, Jordyn Southworth, Jaimes Southworth, Max Southworth, Conrad Armstrong and Cole Armstrong.
COLLINGWOOD - A service to celebrate the life of the Rev. Marlin Collingwood, who died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 during the Western Pennsylvania Church of God Camp Meeting. The service will be at Whitehall Auditorium on the campground and is open to all friends and family.
Memorial contributions may be made to "The Rev. Marlin Collingwood Youth Camp Scholarship Fund" at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center, 580 Whitehall Road, Emlenton, PA 16373.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hile Funeral Home, Emlenton.
Online condolences may be made by visiting www.hilefh.com