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Marv Messenger

9 mai 195313 juin 2021
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On May 9, 1953, a baby boy was born minutes before his sister and never failed to remind her of that for the rest of their days. Marvin Richard Messenger spent his early years in a town so small it is not even on the map anymore. From life on a farm to life on a fish hatchery, his early years were filled with adventure and a lot of fishing. He was even the first young man to ever take a home economics class in his high school! His sense of humor was unparalleled, and when he and his buddies, Dave, Sarge, Ron, and Wayne got together, you knew a good time was going to be had by all. He attended Hibbing Tech School to learn the art of becoming a chef. Marv then moved his training to Switzerland and France. His European training served him well throughout his career, which saw him rise from cooking in a diner to being the Executive Chef for many exclusive clubs in Southwest Florida. That’s where he met his soulmate, Julie. They loved the outdoors, and their Floridian lifestyle was conducive to that. Kayaking with dolphins and manatees, boating with cherished Keys Group friends, and ending the day on the beach at sunset with his favorite wine and gal, made his life complete. Their daughter Becca was the light of his life. He loved her dearly and treasured their time together, playing in the pool, kayaking, and cooking and being ridiculous together. Being with Dave during those years in Bonita was beyond compare. Fly-in float plane fishing trips to Canada with Dave, Ryan and Wayne were his favorite getaways. After 51 years in the restaurant industry, Marv hung up his toque, and he and Julie moved to Texas, nearer Julie’s family and especially Becca. Who knew that a pandemic would provide even more time for them together, full of laughs and love. Those 18 months were an especially poignant gift, particularly now. Marv will be truly missed by everyone who ever knew him. He was that kind of guy.

Marv is survived by his best girl, Julie, who married him on the beach in Florida 28 years ago, and their daughter Becca who came along the next winter and completed their family. Also missing him fiercely are his mother Joanne, his brother John and wife Penny, his sister Nancy and husband Kendal, sister Gretchen and her main guy Dave, sister Jane and her husband Max, and little sister Amy and husband Rich. Marv has many nieces and nephews, as well as cousins who will cherish their memories of him. Marv also treasured his extended family of Websters, and especially, his buddy, Dave.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Richard, his father-in-law Remington, and mother-in-law Madeline, as well as his many aunts and uncles who went before him.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Santa Rosa de Lima Catholic Church in Florence, Texas. In lieu of flowers, we invite you to consider a memorial in his name to the Operation Liberty Hill Food Pantry, or the Save the Boundary Waters Wilderness Preservation fund.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    samedi, 19 juin , 2021

Souvenirs

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Jackie Oleson

22 juin , 2021

I knew Marv through my former husband, Tom R. Even though I have not seen him in many years, I still think of him. I helped pack many backpacks for him and Tom for their trips to the BWCA. I was fortunate to get to know Julie and meet Becca when she was just a little one. The one thing though that ALWAYS reminds me of Marv is the Gordon Lightfoot song, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Marv had a colorful metaphor that he would say about Gordon. I'm not sure why. So when I hear that song ... and I mean every time I hear it ... I think of Marv and that silly metaphor. Marv was special. I know that. He will be missed much. A former friend ... Jackie Rosga Oleson

Hope Christmann

19 juin , 2021

Enjoyed knowing Marv at Pelican Marsh. Always nice to work with!

Sharon Nelson

19 juin , 2021

We are not related by blood, but certainly through the deep friendship our parents shared.....Messenger/Gelhar. So many wonderful memories created over many years.
Marv has left his earthly life, but is lovingly watching over all of you as your guardian angel. Hope you can feel his angel wings wrapping you in love.
Our love and sympathy to all of you!
Jerry & Sharon(Gelhar) Nelson

P.S. Your tribute video is beautiful. A life well lived!

Margaret Baeza

19 juin , 2021

I was saddened to hear about the loss of my neighbor, Marv. I have only known him a short time but his sweet smile and greeting to me as I walked daily by his house will be so missed. I enjoyed our chats in the yard. My sincere condolences to Julie and the family. His friendly hellos and waves will be missed.

Phyllis Nagel

19 juin , 2021

To the Family of Marv. I only met Marv a couple times thru his Mother Joanne who is my Best friend.

My thoughts and Prayers for Julie. Becca and ALL the Family for your loss of a very kind man, Marv.

Gods Blessings for you especially today and for the future. 🙏🙏🙏❤❤❤

Blessings and Love,
Phyllis Nagel

Laura Shimek

19 juin , 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss. Our love goes out to all of you.
Laura & Gerry

Dale Denault

18 juin , 2021

Marvin -

One of the best cousins a man could ask for.

I always enjoyed gatherings with him, his fishing shenanigans and just talking with him and his family as I grew up in Minnesota. Our times together at the Messenger retreat, “Yankee Doodle” on Eagle Lake - words cannot capture.

While admittedly I missed his entire midlife, I did get the comradery of his youth and then again when we recently met up in a retirement. A witty guy he was. I wish I would have done a better job of keeping in touch. - funeral talk.

I am truly saddened and will greatly miss him. Too young. Retirement is a time to fish and dance like an idiot. Heck, sing if you want. I think he did it all. Like most things, his passing is beyond my wisdom. But I will pause and ponder things he said, with that knowing grin on his face, and later find myself smiling.
Dale Denault

Trisha McCarty Luedke

17 juin , 2021

All I can figure is God must have needed a Top Chef for why else would he have taken this precious man so soon.

May you rest in peace, dear cousin. And may God wrap his comforting arms around all your beloved family and friends who are missing you so deeply.

Your legacy of kindness and loving people through cooking them good food will live on in us all and bring comfort in good memories.

To Julie, Becca, Auntie Jo and all my dear Messenger cousins, I am with you in thought and prayer and sending lots of love from Colorado.
Love,
Trisha McCarty-Luedke

Robert DeFrancesco

17 juin , 2021

Julie and Becca our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. Marv will be greatly missed by everyone. I've had the unique experience of being Marv's neighbor twice in Bonita Springs. I first met Marv as and neighbor on Jarvis Road in 1990. We both moved from that street and somehow ended up neighbors again in a different neighborhood 15 years later. What a coincidence!

He was a wonderful chef, teacher and leader. Even after his retirement he kept in touch with past coworkers who missed working with him. He was someone that will be always be remembered and missed.

Dottie Cargill

17 juin , 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family on the loss of this very kind and caring man. I worked with Marvin at Collier's Reserve Country Club for several years and the members and staffed really loved this guy. I remember Julie and Becca from those early Collier days.
May God Bless the family and all of us who are heart broken over this news.
Dottie Cargill
Naples, Florida

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