Marvin Puffpaff (SAGINAW, Mich.)

SAGINAW, Mich. - Passed away August 20, 2010, at the Brookdale Senior Living (Clare Bridge), Saginaw Twp., Michigan. Age 88 years. Marvin was born on February 27, 1922, in Saginaw to the late Otto and Clara (Zimmerman) Puffpaff. He graduated from Arthur Hill Trade School. Marvin was married to Helen Duquette, his wife of 64 years, on June 5, 1944. She predeceased him on November 25, 2005. He had served in ground- to-air communications in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. Prior to his retirement, Marvin was employed as an auto engineer/actuator for General Motors. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where he was a former Sunday school teacher, he also was a school board member of Carrollton High School, and a volunteer chaplain at the Charlie Norwood V.A. Hospital in Augusta, GA. Surviving are three daughters and one son, Susan (John) Harris, Augusta, GA; Sheryl Starke, Saginaw; Connie Decher, Hemlock; Mark Puffpaff, Hammond, LA; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; four great- great-grandchildren; one brother and two sisters, Harold (Arlene) Puffpaff, Saginaw; Dorothy Neigh, Saginaw; Elaine Beckler-McKay, Lacey, WA; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son, Dean Marvin Puffpaff, two grandsons, Keith Steven Dorey and Christopher Michael Dorey, sister, Jean Puffpaff, and three brothers-in-law, Jack Beckler, Vernon Neigh, and Joe McKay, also a son-in-law, Larry Starke. Funeral and committal services will take place 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 23, 2010, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 808 Weiss St. The Rev. Michael R. Korte will officiate. Private burial will take place later in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Friends are welcome to visit with the family at the Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc., 1218 N. Michigan Ave. on Sunday from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m., and then at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be given to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Valley Lutheran High School, 3560 McCarty Rd., Saginaw, MI 48603 or Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Augusta. Memories and sympathies may be shared with the family online at Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-August 22, 2010