Aug. 23, 1934 - Feb. 12, 2012

Marvin Loren Mix, age 77, of Bend died Sunday, February 12, 2012.

Marvin was born August 23, 1934, in Maitland, SD. He was the eighth of 11 children born to Robert

Leland and Ella Rae (Harper) Mix, and raised in the Black Hills South Dakota region, in the company gold mining town of Terraville.

He loved airplane mechanics and modeling from an early age, eventually serving in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command from 1953-1957, as a bomber and transport jet engine mechanic, primarily stationed at Smoky Hills AFB near Wichita, KS.

After serving his country he worked in maintenance at a Cleveland Hospital. While in Cleveland, he met and married Marjorie Ann Gunesch. In 1965, they moved to Brookings, OR, where he worked at the Brook-Ply Mill (later named South Coast Lumber) for 27 years, and then moved to Bend in 1995.

In Brookings, they raised three children, Robert Rudolph (wife, Carol Ann) of Muskogee, OK; Cloyd Russell of Crooked River Ranch; and deceased daughter, Carol Mae formerly of Bend.

He is survived by his wife, six grandchildren, Anna and Abby of Muskogee, and Christopher, Joshua, Amanda, and Isaac of Bend; and four siblings, Lorna, Nellie and Harley of Deadwood/ Sturgis, SD, and Robert of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Carol; and siblings, Ray, Cloyd, Helen Kinney, William, Hazel Trimmer, and Arlene Burke.

Marvin loved children, especially his grandkids. He loved to make them laugh like his father before him.

He was a very resourceful and creative person who always looked for ways to help people by fixing items, or by creating things from parts and pieces others might throw out. He showed his love or concern for others by helping them.

He enjoyed fishing, building model planes and wooden toys, and reading any book his kids brought home. He passed on his love of military airplanes, and his helpful, resourceful, and curious nature to his children. He was a very reliable, steady, frugal and trustworthy man who worked hard at providing for his family.

His ashes will be interred with military honors at Deschutes Memorial Gardens next to his daughter's gravesite.

No services are planned. Contributions to Partners In Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Ct., Bend, 97701 are suggested.

Marvin Loren Mix