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Marvin A. Parenteau

27 March, 193721 October, 2020
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Marvin Parenteau departed this world on October 21, 2020 at the age of 83. He was married to the love of his life, Patty, for almost 59 years. You rarely saw one without the other - joined at the hip as they say. She loved him through motorcycles, racecars, airplanes, boats and more shenanigans than a dozen people could have gotten into in 12 lifetimes. He was the loving father of Carri (Thomas) Koehler and showed her the value of hard work, that there is humor in all situations, and that there is more than one way to tackle any problem. Marv was the most proud of his grandchildren, Jessica Koehler and T.J. Koehler. Anyone lucky enough to receive a ride in his shuttle van always heard stories about his grandkids.

Marv proudly served his country in the US Army. He spent the majority of life painting cars and operated Marv's Auto Service for many years. After retirement, he worked at several auto dealerships transporting customers - working right up until last month.

For many years Marv raced stock cars - becoming one of the most victorious drivers in Michigan. His efforts were recognized in 2014 when he was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. Shortly after retiring from racing, he arrived home with a stack of books and announced he was going to get his pilot's license - and fly he did. He spent many hours piloting his small plane and enjoying the view from above. After landing his plane for the last time, he and Patty took up boating and spent most weekends traveling with friends to marinas near and far. It was a very special time in their lives. Marv was always looking for new adventures and hobbies.

His family was grateful to share in his adventures and Marv will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends. He was predeceased by his infant son, Keith David.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ascension St. John Hospital for heroically taking care of Marv in his final weeks. When the family could not be with him, they were. When COVID took his last breath, they were there. If he could, Marv would ask us all to wear our masks during this crazy time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Johns Hopkins’ COVID-19 Response effort would be appreciated.

  • FAMILY

  • Patty Parenteau, Wife
  • Carri (Thomas) Koehler, Daughter
  • Jessica & T.J. Koehler, Grandchildren
  • the late Keith David, Infant Son

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  • American Cancer Society
  • Johns Hopkins' COVID-19 Response Effort
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Brenda Parenteau

28 October 2020

Dear Aunt Pat, We will always remember You & Uncle Marv as a fun loving couple, as Bob’s baby brother, (of course that was before Larry came along)! And as the car guy! We will be praying for you. Blessing to you and your family. Lovingly Bob & Gwen Parenteau, Scott & Brenda, Brian &Donna, and Marc Parenteau

Lynda Marek

27 October 2020

Oh the memories from boating with you!! Now so very precious. You were one of a kind and we’re so thankful for that RIP Past Commodore Marv.

Lynda and Len

Diana Cooper

25 October 2020

Marv will be missed at the Amvets post 121. So sorry for Patty and family. Diana and Joe

Victor/Elaine SIMON

24 October 2020

Remembering the many good boating times we shared with both Patty and Marv . His antics were enjoyed by all of us. Rest In Peace, Marv

Diane Raab

22 October 2020

So sorry to hear about Marv. So many stories, boating experiences and “Marv-isms”. We still share stories with people that never knew him, but are too funny not to share. Rest easy, Marv and remember to “stay in the middle, Marv.”
Love to Patty and family,
Diane and Joan

Big Mike Birch

22 October 2020

R I P Marv Wishing peace to your family. The Michael Birch family. Tireman for Stan Yee.

Cyndy Winkler

22 October 2020

Marv was a great competitor at Mt. Clemens Race Track— a fan-favourite and all around good guy! He will be missed by many. May the family be comforted knowing he leaves many friends and was very well respected. RIP Marv.

Diane gettner

21 October 2020

I am so so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs.

Dennis O'Neil

21 October 2020

I am sad to hear the passing of Marv. I remember that he was a good friend of my father, Ed O'Neil. Praying for all his friends and family. GODSPEED MARV.

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