Marc S. VAIL Jr.

News Death Notice

VAIL Jr., Marc S. age 88 of Fairfield died Wednesday January 2, 2013 in the Butler County Care Facility. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on June 8, 1924 the son of Marc S. and Edith (Angst) Vail. He was a 1944 graduate of Hamilton High School and served in the U.S. Army, during WWII in the South Pacific. On April 7, 1951 in St. Ann Church he married Joan "Joy" Stuhlmueller. Marc worked a number of years at the Bendix Corporation in Hamilton and after many years working for the IRS in Cincinnati and Memphis, retired as a manager in 1978. He was a member of the VFW 1069, the American Legion, and at one time was an active member of the St. Ann PAC. Marc was an avid softball and racquetball player, competing in both sports well into his 70's. He won several senior racquetball championships and competed at the national level in the Senior Olympics. While living in Florida, Marc greatly enjoyed the senior slow pitch softball circuit. After returning to Fairfield in 1989, he was the founder and original manager of several Hamilton senior slow pitch softball teams. As a typical product of the Hamilton area, he also enjoyed playing cards - never passing on the opportunity to play a good game of pitch. A devoted husband and father, Marc greatly enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren, family and friends as well as developing new friends. He truly never met a stranger. Survivors include his wife, Joy Vail; three children, Kent (Joan) Vail, of Fairfield, Julie Persse, of Sarasota, Florida, and Marc D. (Kim) Vail, of Benton, Arkansas; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Kline, Mollie (James) Moore, Christie (Chad) Mohesky, Michael Kelly, Dylan, Austin, and Cameron Vail, Daniel and Dax Clatworthy; seven great grandchildren, Ben, John, Jacqueline, Caryes, Wesley, Gavin and Connor. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, John Persse. The family wishes to extend a special gratitude to the Hamilton Central YMCA, the Butler County Care Facility, and Vitas Hospice for the loving care and concern for Marc during his time of need. Funeral services were private at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Alzheimer's Research or Badin High School. An online register book is available at

Published in Journal-News on Jan. 4, 2013