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Marvin E. Carmichael


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Marvin E. Carmichael Obituary

Marvin Edward Carmichael, Red, who was also known as Bud, died in his home in Alamogordo on Oct. 15, 2014, at the age of 95.
Marvin was born Oct. 4, 1919 in Maxwell, Okla., son of the late Thomas E. and Lela B. Carmichael. Marvin was the last remaining of five siblings, one sister Mona Dodson, and three brothers Calvin, Norman and Herbert. He spent his early years at school and working on the family farm.

In 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After completing basic training and mechanics school he was assigned to the 40th Bomb Group, stationed in Puerto Rico. The 40th was transferred to Panama, Guatemala and the Galapagos Islands then back to the states at Pratt, Kan., where they trained, flew and helped develop the B-29 bomber. While stationed in Pratt, Marvin met Alta J. Leasure. They were married in 1944. The 40th Bomb Group was sent to India, China and later to Tinian, located in the Marianas Islands. Marvin was awarded the Bronze Star and Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal and four battle stars for his service to our country during World War II. He was discharged from the Army Air Corps in 1945 as a master sergeant.

Upon returning to the states, Marvin settled in Oklahoma with Alta, where he attended school at Oklahoma City University and the University of Oklahoma. Upon receiving a degree in mechanical engineering, Marvin obtained employment as an engineer with the Boeing Company and spent most of his twenty-six plus years as a supervisor in Experimental Flight Test Engineering. He was instrumental in developing the B-47 and B-52 airplanes. His first visit to Alamogordo was in 1960 while working at Holloman and White Sands test facilities on missile test operations for the Boeing Company. After the completion of the operations in New Mexico, Marvin and Alta moved to Wichita, Kan., where they resided until Marvin's retirement in 1976, at which time they returned to Alamogordo.

After losing his first wife, Alta in 1991, Marvin married his long-time friend Joyce in 1992. Joyce relocated from Santa Rosa, Calif., to spend her later years together with Marvin in Alamogordo until her passing in 2011.

Marvin will be remembered for his intelligence, wit and his love for his family and friends. He always looked forward to the annual Carmichael family reunions. He was an active member of the 40th Bomber Reunion Group and was an avid and skilled golfer.
Marvin leaves behind one stepson, James Jones and his wife, Joyce of Pine Grove, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Renae Sciucchetti of Grants Pass, Ore. He is also survived by five step-grandchildren, fourteen step-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

The family extends special thanks for the compassion, support and care provided by Isabel Sarinana, Karin Flores and Alamogordo Hospice.
At Marvin's request, there will be no memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to Alamogordo Home Health Care and Hospice.

The Carmichael family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, 2014
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