Marvin Earl Peterson
February 11, 1926 – January 28, 2020
Marvin Earl “Marv” Peterson, 93, of Vancouver, WA, passed away Tues., January 28, 2020, at Manor Care. He was born February 11, 1926, in Underwood, MN to Eddie and Minda Peterson. He was brother to Gordon and Janice. After completing the 11th grade Marv moved to Vancouver and worked in the shipyards before joining the Army in 1944. Five weeks prior to leaving for World War II, he unknowingly met the love of his life, Lucille, when she needed a taxi ride in Fergus Falls, MN. When Marv returned from WWII, they married, September 1, 1946. They began their family and shortly after, in 1954, moved to Vancouver, WA with their two small children.
Once in Vancouver, he started work at Marshall Ford for eight months; Prudential Insurance for four months, and lastly-Farmers Insurance Group for 34 years. Marv retired in 1990 with a large retirement party at the Quay Restaurant on the Columbia River, with many friends and family all in attendance, including his business partner of many years and a longtime dear friend, Randy Ficco. In 1991, Marv and Lucy partnered with Al and Ginn Strong, where they all established East Vancouver RV and Boat Storage. They owned and operated the business for 11 years until it was sold in 2003. Marv and Lucy moved to Glenwood Assisted Living in the fall of 2014, prior to selling their home in spring of 2015.
Lucille preceded Marv in death, April 28, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Minda Peterson; his brother Gordon and his sister Janice. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Kay “Ginn” (Al) Strong of Vancouver and William Eddie “Bill” (Berinda) Peterson of Battle Ground; three grandchildren Aryn (Suzanne) Burgess of Vancouver, Amy (Craiger) Scharnhorst of Phoenix, AZ, and Joel (Andrea) Stalder of Scottsdale, AZ; five great-grandchildren, Micah, Mackenzie, Parker, Auralyn, and Indy; many nieces and nephews; and friends.
Services will be held on Friday, February 21, 11am at Grace Lutheran Church, 9900 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98664. Marv is to be laid to rest next to Lucy at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR immediately following his Celebration of Life.
- Celebration of Life Friday, February 21, 2020
- Reception Friday, February 21, 2020
- Committal Service with Military Honors Friday, February 21, 2020
Marvin Earl Peterson
February 15, 2020
Marv and Lucy were our neighbors for many years, but they were much more than "neighbors". Marv and Lucy served as surrogate grandparents for our two boy, attending grandparents day celebrations at their school. Lucy called to inform us one day of our toddler son climbing out his bedroom window. Marv greeted us many times with his "jokes". His stories of WWII just solidified my assessment of this man, that he was a man of Godly character, courage, and kindness. Marv, the world is less now that you have passed on, but I know that you are with the love of your life, your beloved Lucy. What an honor it has been to have you in our lives, Marv.