Marvin Ferguson, 73, born Eddyville, Nebraska to “Bert” and Zelma Ferguson January 4th, 1944 passed away on December 14th, 2017.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 51 years Sharon Ferguson (Purvis), son Travis (Amanda) Ferguson, daughter Marci Harwood, grandkids Tate, Tayler and Christian and Hinson grandkids Brandon, Joe, Nick and Jacob, all of Litchfeld Park, Arizona. A sister Hazel (Ferguson/Harvey) Hagler of Arnold, Nebraska. Sister-in-law Bonnie Ferguson of Ansley, Nebraska and nieces, nephews and cousins galore.
He was preceeded in death by father ‘Bert” Ferguson, mother Zelma (Staab/Ferguson) Bristol, sister Helen Burgaman, brothers Richard “Dick”, Jim and Claris Ferguson. Also a sister Bonnie Bell Peterson.
Marvin grew up on a farm in Ansley, Nebraska. Upon graduation from High School he was drafted into Vietnam and served in the Air Force as a Jet Engine Welder. He loved it and stayed in the service for 20 years.
He married his childhood sweetheart/Pen Pal Sharon in 1967. In the service they lived in North Dakota, Okinawa, Idaho, Thailand, South Carlolina, Montana, Hawaii, Oklahoma. He retired out of Tinker Air Force Base in 1983. After retirement the family moved to Denver, Colorado and then to Cozad, Nebraska where he opened up Cozy Corner Restaurant, Bait & Tackle; which he owned and operated for 17 years before moving to Litchfield Park, Arizona in 2002. It was there that he felt led to feed homeless breakfasts. Through donations, he fed 100’s a day of homeless 3 days a week and teamed up with other veterans. They dubbed themselves, “Marvin’s Crew.”
Marvin, who went by “Grand Pa” is remembered as having a contagious smile and would lighten your heart. He never met a stranger and was happy to help anyone in need. He was strong and hard working. He cultivated love in his family and spoiled them all. He was an onery tease who was quiet and unassuming in his interactions with family and friends. We all loved the sparkle in his eyes.
He loved God, the outdoors, metal detecting, hunting, fishing and rock hunting. Marvin was in 2 bowling leagues and he loved to heckle his son’s softball teams. He cooked breakfast for his grandkids with consistent love and took great joy in helping neighbors and friends and cooking for the homeless. He was a mentor to many, a shining light always and “Marvelous Marvin” to some.
A memorial service and one last breakfast is being held Thursday, January 4th, 2017 at Refinery Christian Church, 600 Ballard Ave. Suite A10, Goodyear, Arizona from 9-11:00 a.m. (Grand Pa’s) Birthday. Immediately following breakfast a service with full Military Honors will be held at National Cemetery of Arizona.