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Marvin Roper

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Marvin Roper passed away at home on May 1, 2013 of pancreatic cancer. Marvin was born in Gould, Oklahoma on 3/10/1937 to I.J. (Jack) and Minnie Roper, he was the 6th of seven children. He moved to McKinleyville with his family in 1954 and attended Arcata High School, graduating in 1955. There he met the love of his life, Lois and they were married in 1957. They had two children, Joy and Gay. Marvin worked as a mechanic, first in the local trucking industry for Rochlitz Trucking and Joe Costa Trucking. After that he worked at O'Neill's Carburetor and Auto Electric in Arcata. In 1980 he opened his own shop, Marv's Electric Diesel and Auto, in Arcata. He enjoyed being his own boss until his retirement in 2000. After his retirement he took up his model train hobby again. He spent many hours building his layout and enjoyed running the trains for family and friends. One of Marvin's greatest pleasures was the time he spent with his grandchildren; and he and Lois enjoyed the time they spent at Willow Creek. He was known the world over for his Peach Fuzzes. Marvin is survived by his wife Lois, daughter Gay, son-in-law Ron Sutter, his grandchildren: Michelle Sutter, Lucas Hylton, Victoria Sutter, Sara Hylton, Sarah Jones and his great-granddaughter who brought him so much enjoyment these past two and half years, Evelyn Hylton. He is also survived by two brothers, Joe Roper and Denzil Roper; two sisters, Lanore Maurer and Becky Wolverton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Joy, his parents Jack and Minnie Roper, two sisters, Myrtle Metcalf and Thetis Sulser. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date along with a private interment service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of Humboldt, the Salvation Army or a . Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from May 4 to May 5, 2013
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