Marvin Russell Seaman – The Suffolk News-Herald

Alice’s beloved and devoted husband Marvin Russell Seaman passed away peacefully at home on October 1, 2021, with his family by his side, three weeks before his 95th birthday. He was born on October 20, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents, Rena Belle and Arthur Campbell Seaman. He grew up in South Bend, Indiana. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and Ralph; and her sister, Harriet Damianakes.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Alice; two sons, Mark and his wife, Phyllis, of Atlanta, GA, and John and his wife, Sara, of Painter; daughter, Cynthia Winer and husband, Joseph, of Austin, Texas; grandsons, Craig and Kevin Seaman; granddaughters, Lauren Haji and Rachel Simms; great-granddaughter, Kayla Winer-Winkler; two great-grandsons, Tucker and Finley Seaman; and several nieces and nephews.

Marvin graduated from John Adams High School in South Bend. He attended the University of California at Berkeley. He also attended the College of William and Mary, Norfolk Division. He retired from the US Navy, where he served in World War II in the South Pacific. He was the owner of LST 725 boards. He participated in the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He later served on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. He was stationed in Guam, Naples, Italy, Treasure Island and Naval Station Norfolk, with his wife always by his side. He retired as Chief Petty Officer in 1965 and enjoyed a second career with Ford Aerospace, now Lockheed Martin, where he worked as a systems engineer. A three-year assignment in England preceded his retirement in 1988. He and his wife have traveled extensively, visiting many foreign countries and territories as well as our national parks.

Marvin was a member of the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chairman of the Board for a term. He had been a member of the sacristy of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chuckatuck and of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth. He is a Freemason with Nansemond Lodge # 77. He enjoyed a long and active membership in the Chuckatuck Ruritan Club and was their oldest member.

Marvin took every opportunity to spend time with his beloved grandchildren. He was an avid reader and spent over 54 years at Holly Loch, their home on peaceful Chuckatuck Creek. He loved the Navy and was always eager to share his stories with everyone.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 am on Saturday, October 16 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Chuckatuck. If time permits, he will stand at the altar near the pond. A reception will follow on the lawn. His internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made at St. John’s Church or at a charity of your choice.

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