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Marvin E. Carr, devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather and friend passed away Sunday July 28, 2013 peacefully and surrounded by family and staff at The Masonic Villages located in Elizabethtown, Pa.
He was a lifelong resident of Cranesville, Pa. Marvin was born March 17, 1929 in Girard, Pa and was the son of Ernest F. Carr and Viola (Copeland). He was raised by his Father and Stepmother, Dorothy (Halstead) Carr in Girard and Platea, Pa.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Olive (Zeblekivech) Carr whom he married on July 15, 1950, their daughter, Diane (Carr) Miller and her husband, William P. Miller of Hummelstown, Pa. and their son, Wayne M. Carr and his wife, Sherri (Shaffer) of Valparaiso, Ind. Marvin and Olive have six grandchildren Paula Miller of Gaithersburg, Md., Kevin Miller of Hummelstown, Pa., Stephanie Carr and Julianne Carr of Nashville, Tenn, Dr. Bryan Carr and his wife Dr. Rose Carr of Indianapolis, Ind. and Jarrod Carr of Tucson, Ariz. In addition, his brother Allen and his wife, Susan, Carr of Tucson, AZ and his sister, Beverly (Carr) Harkleroad and her husband, Dennis, of Hartstown, Pa. and many nieces and nephews.
Marvin attended Girard Schools and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
at age 17. Marvin served in Hawaii before receiving an honorable discharge in 1948. He began working at Marx Toys Co. and there met the love of his life, Olive, whom he married. Marvin worked at Marx Toys for 34 years. At age 55, he began working for Johnson Controls in Erie as a Molder-Operator where he retired at age 65 in 1994. He worked 25 years as a meat cutter for Steinhoff's Golden Dawn. Marvin was a 50 year member of Lodge #304 Free and Accepted Masons in Albion. He was twice the Worshipful Master, Treasurer and guided many men along their Masonic journey. He was proud to have his son, Wayne, and Grandsons, Bryan and Jarrod, become masons and members of Lodge #304.
Marvin enjoyed raising cows, chickens, dogs and was an avid gardener. He was proud of his strawberries, horseradish, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. He enjoyed fishing and hunting small game. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. He made the world truly a better place. Words cannot properly describe the impact he has had on so many other people. He leaves a wonderful legacy of how hard work, dedication, integrity, trust, a sense of humor and laughter can enrich one's life and so many others.
Friends may call at the Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, on Thursday from 4 – 8 p.m. and are invited to attend a funeral service there on Friday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Albion Cemetery with military honors.
Published in the Erie Times-News on July 31, 2013