FLINTSTONE — Marvin J. Leitzen, 81, of Flintstone, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in the presence of his wife of 41 years, Patricia.
The son of Matthew John and Nellie Marie Leitzen, Marvin was born in Pleasant Valley, Ill., on March 24, 1932. He was preceded in death by his parents and older brothers, Melvin and Galen.
After high school, Marvin joined the Air Force with the hopes of becoming a pilot. Unfortunately, his color-blindness kept him grounded and he transitioned into service with the United States Air Force 377th Air Interceptor Security Police Squadron during the Korean War where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his service, he was awarded the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Upon his discharge, Marvin returned to Illinois where he became employed by Microswitch before becoming a real estate agent.
After relocating to Maryland in 1979, Marvin became employed by the Allegany County Commissioners in the Housing Rehabilitation Program until his retirement in 1997. Marvin enjoyed working with his hands and tinkering with anything he could in the hopes that he could make it work better.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Patricia (Stokes) Leitzen; son Douglas Leitzen and wife Peggy, of Marengo, Ill.; daughter Dianne Marsh and husband Larry, of Freeport, Ill. and daughter Valerie Leitzen of Loves Park, Ill. and step-daughter Cheryl Ward and husband Al, of Frostburg. He leaves behind his three grandchildren, Jeremy Leitzen and wife Abby, Amanda Pointer and husband Alex and Grace Leitzen and five great-grandchildren, Derek Matthew, Adelaide Cynthia, Zachary James, Nora Joan and Bradley Thomas.
Friends will be received at the Hafer Funeral Service, P.A.-Chapel of the Hills, 1302 National Highway, LaVale, on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Fred Iser officiating.
Military honors will be accorded by Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.
At Marvin’s request, he will be cremated and have his ashes scattered on the hill above the house so he will always be able to watch the sunset.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 1301 York Road, Suite 404, Lutherville, MD 21093.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff of WMHS Home Hospice, Linda, Sheila, Jeanie, Jane and Mary Kay.
Condolences to the family may be posted after Mr. Leitzman’s obituary at www.haferfuneralservice.com.