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Marlyn Wm. Boruff

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Marlyn "Marlin" Wm. Boruff

1919 - 2018

Marlyn "Marlin" Wm. Boruff died August 27, 2018, in Venice, Florida. He was born at the family farm of Chester H. Boruff and Lucille Maude Powell Boruff, located in Eliza Township, Mercer County, Illinois. He was the second of their five sons. By his 1938 graduation from Aledo H.S., he had rejected life as a farmer. Marlin attended a business college in Rock Island, Illinois, until entering the Army Medical Corps in 1939. He was stationed at Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, then moved to Camp Dodge after the newly - formed WACs took the fort. In November of 1943, he sailed to Oran, Algeria, to set up a North African desert tent medical unit. Later in WW II, he was assigned to Remy, France, and to Germany, where in 1946 he supervised German POW personnel as postwar medical inventory was distributed in Europe. After a year at National Cash Register, Marlin returned to the Army until 1950 when he transferred to the new U.S. Air Force Medical Department. In Texas as a lieutenant, he met and married AF nurse Patricia Collins. They produced four children during the fifties. The family lived in Cheyenne, Rantoul, Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Ashyia, Japan, and Germany during the Air Force years. Lt. Colonel Marlin retired in 1977 to Great Falls, Virginia. He totaled thirty-six years of military service. After his marriage ended, he moved to Venice, Florida, where he worked for Sarasota businesses Overseas Photography, followed by Studio Associates as co-owner. He married Helen Cook Postell in Venice and acquired two step-daughters in 1982.

Marlin was a member of the American Legion, Retired Officers Association, DAV (lifetime), Venice Yacht Club, Pinebrook South Homeowners Association, and Grace United Methodist Church including their Men's Club and Wesleyan Class. He had served on various church committees since 1980. He loved to sing hymns, garden, feed birds, eat barbecue, follow current news and stocks, enter mail contests, travel, and was interested in anything on wheels, but especially Cadillacs. He loved updates on his family near and far. Each year he tried to visit his old home farm area and see the relatives who remain there.

Marlin is survived by his wife, his youngest brother Gary (Pat) Boruff of Venice, his children Bill Jr. (Patty) of Tucson; Elizabeth Richardson (Hunter) of Atlanta; Matthew (Andrea) of Midlothian, Texas; step-daughters Kathy P. (Steve) Sasher and Melanie Postell of Venice. His grandchildren are Matthew and Brooke Richardson of Atlanta; Patrick Redding of Phoenix, Arizona; Lucas and David Boruff of Midlothian, Texas; Brian (Michelle) Seekford of Odessa, Florida, and Miles (Brittney) Seekford of North Port, Florida. Great-grandchildren are Madison, Wesley, Ava, and Chase Seekford. Also he has many nephews, nieces and cousins. For two years he was blessed with the kind care of aide Nancy Victoria.

Marlin was predeceased by his parents and his brothers John, Glenn, Vaughan Boruff and their wives Virginia, Harriet, and Shirley and by granddaughter Juliana Redding and her mother Patricia Maureen Boruff Redding as well as special cousins John Olson, Merle Boruff, Blair Boruff and Everett Hessman.

A memorial service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 400 East Field Avenue, Venice, FL 34285 on Saturday, September 8 at 11:00 in the main sanctuary. A lunch reception in Punch Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace United Methodist or to a veterans' organization of your choice would be appropriate memorials.
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