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"So take a new grip with your tired hands, stand firm on your shaky legs, and mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet so that those who follow you, though weak and lame, will not fall and hurt themselves, but become strong." Hebrew 12:12-13 (LB)
Martin, Marvin J., 97, died September 1, 2022. He was born in Wichita, Kansas on August 10, 1925 to Bertha L. and J. C. Martin. He graduated from Wichita East High School in 1943 and at the age of 17 enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was inducted at the age of 18 and served in WWII from 1943 to 1946 as a B-29 Radar Observer-Navigator in the 20th Air Force based in Guam and he participated in the last Air Force Mission of WWll. After the war, Marvin attended Kansas University and became a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, graduating with a law degree from the University of Kansas Law School in 1951.
Marvin married Eleanor Ruth Churchill in 1948. After completing Law School, they moved to Wichita where he practiced law and helped found the Martin Churchill Law Firm. For over forty years, he concentrated on the field of Labor and Employment Law. Marvin's deep love and commitment to Jesus sprang to life August 10, 1969. In the midst of labor relations, he often shared his faith by speaking, teaching, and writing for various business, civic, and church related groups. God's assignment to Marvin on May 7, 1990, to "love God and love people," further motivated him to pass along in his many writings, perspectives he was learning in his life's journey. For over 61 years, Marvin and Ellie lived, worked, and raised their family together until Ellie's death on September 2, 2009.
He then married Joan Olander in 2012 until her death in 2021.
Marvin is survived by five children: Linda McGinness (Tim), Jim Martin (Stacey), Tom Martin (Kristy), Sarah Weber (Dave), Frances McNiel, and their cousin/brother, Steve Churchill (Kay); nieces, Carolyn Weller and Nance Kern; nephew, Doug Martin; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.
The family will welcome friends at a visitation at the Cozine Life Events Center, 11500 E. 21s St. N. from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Monday, September 5, 2022. A Service giving thanks to God for Marvin's life will be held at Eastminster Presbyterian Church 1958 N Webb Rd., at 10:30 am on Tuesday, September 6th. A reception at the church will follow. The family will have a private internment after the service.
Memorial gifts may be made in Marvin's name to Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 N Webb Rd., Wichita, KS 67206 and World Impact, 3701 E. 13th, Wichita, KS 67208.
Monday, September 5, 2022
6:00 - 8:00pm (Central time)
Cozine Life Events Center
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)
Eastminster Presbyterian Church
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