Traverse City Record-Eagle

May 2, 2013

Marvin W. Keller

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Marvin Wilfred Keller, 92, of Traverse City, formerly of Gladwin and Ypsilanti, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at his home. Marvin was born on Thursday, May 27, 1920, to the late Frank and Matilda R. (Hoseback) Keller in Detroit.

He served our country as a medic in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, serving in the China, Burma and the India Theatre. He could recall and share stories, with extreme accuracy, of his involvement in the war. He was extremely patriotic and his love of his country was second to his love of his family. He wore his WWII Veteran’s hat everyday and was moved as people would thank him for his service to his fellow Americans.

On Jan. 20, 1945, he married Vernice Eleanor Peabody in Wayne. They were married 56 years before her death on Dec. 30, 2002. Marvin was extremely devoted to Vernice, and was a dedicated caregiver to her until her death.

A self-taught and gifted electrician, Marvin had been employed by Eastern Michigan University for over 20 years. When he retired in 1981, he and his wife moved to Gladwin and in 1999, they moved to Traverse City. A true family man, with an exceptional work ethic, he provided well for his family.

Marvin was an avid Red Wing’s fan, loved playing the game and was an excellent skater. He also loved airplanes, especially fighter jets. He watched the Blue Angels whenever possible. He was also a car buff and his automobiles were his pride and joy over the years.

Marvin is survived by his daughters, Sue Martin, of Traverse City, and Ellen (Gregg) Huxley, of Ypsilanti; his grandchildren, Scott (Shelli) Martin and Jamie Martin, all of Traverse City, and Dean Reeds III, of Gladwin. Also surviving are his great-grandchildren, Kate, Grace and Nicholas Martin and Alexandra, Tanner and Bella Reeds.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; his five siblings; his wife; and his son-in-law, Jim Martin.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Margaret Clark and Judy Manners for the exceptional care they provided Marvin and also to “Just Like Family” LLC, and Munson Hospice.

Marvin will be remembered in a private family service.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warriors Project, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606 ( or to Cherryland VFW Post 2780, 3400 Veterans Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.

Please share memories and stories of Marvin with his family by way of his online guestbook at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Traverse City.