Marvin Ellis Zumwalt
November 20, 1923 – January 14, 2020
Beloved husband, dad, grandfather, brother and friend
Military honors and committal service will be held, 11:00 am, June 5, 2020 at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 SE Mt. Scott Blvd, Happy Valley, Oregon 97086
Marvin Zumwalt passed away January 14, 2020 surround by his family’s love at a local Portland hospital. He was 96 years old. Marv was born November 20, 1923 in Mountain View, Missouri to George William and Carrie Ethel (DeBoard) Zumwalt. He was the eldest of four sons; Wilmer, Roley and Wayne. At 16 the family moved to Gresham and farmed raspberries and strawberry in the area of Cherry Park and NE Glisan. At 19 he volunteered for service and joined the United States Navy serving for 6 years most of the time on the USS Croatan (CVE-25). While in the service he married the love of his life, Vivian Marie Oberg at Vancouver, Washington on May 26, 1946. Two years later on November 26, 1948 he was honorable discharged from the Navy. They lived in Gresham/Wood Village area until 1980 when he retired from Reynolds Aluminum after 30 years employment and moved to Pasco, Washington. He and Vivian lived there until 1991 when they moved to Kennewick and then back to Gresham to be closer to family in 2014. Marv enjoyed traveling and visited England and Yugoslavia as well as traveling around the United States.
Marv is survived by his beloved bride of 73 years, sons; Roy, John and Larry, 9 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild and brother, Wayne Zumwalt. Pre-deceased by baby daughter, Susan and son Randolph.
Military Honors and Committal
Marvin Ellis Zumwalt
January 21, 2020
Grandpa Marvin who I called 'Papa' in my younger years was a special man. He loved his grandchildren and was always willing to spend hours playing with us and entertaining us. He could not only keep up with us, he usually had more energy than we did. On the Pasco, Wa. farm, we were entertained by learning to drive the tractors, the lawn mower, the quad, and the stick shift Toyota truck.
Marvin shared travel with his grand kids and I will cherish the trips we took with Marvin and Vivian to Missouri and Canada... and countless road trips. Marvin would never miss a family event, play, dance recital, game, etc. unless he and Vivian were travelling elsewhere or had a schedule conflict. This man taught me how to get up early and get on the road and get to my destination. No time for dilly dallying! I am so grateful he was my earthly Grandpa for over 50 years!