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Marvin A. Church, 82, of Midland, passed away on April 8, 2020 at Medilodge of Midland. He was born on March 7, 1938 to the late Ashley and Estelle (Terrill) Church.


Marvin graduated from Evart High School in 1956. While there he excelled in football and track. From there he went on to attend Flint Junior College. In 1961 he met Judith L. Shepherd, daughter of Edison and Lucille (Shell) Shepherd. Marvin and Judy were married on August 29, 1964 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland. Marvin graduated from Ferris State University in September 1966. He then began his career at Dow Chemical in the fall of 1966 retiring in the early 90’s.


Marvin was a wonderful husband and father. He was active in his sons’ sports including Coach/Manager of Southtown’s T-ball, Soccer, Pee-Wee Football and Little League Baseball. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church serving as an Usher and a Stephen Minister. He also was a member of Midland Lion Club and a Big Brother and served on the Bullock Creek School Board for 4 years.


Marvin is survived by his wife of over 55 years, Judy, sons, Jon Bradley Church of Rochester Hills, MI and Brian Terrill Church of Midland, MI, a sister, Nina K. (Ed) Worth of Big Rapids, MI many cousins, nieces, nephews and four special lifelong friends, Al, Rol, Dean and Gene. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister Jane Church.


The family wishes to thank Medilodge of Midland for the care given to Marv during his last 2 ½ years. They would also like to thank Trinity Lutheran Church and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Waukeegan, IL for their prayers and support.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on October 17, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Gerald Ferguson officiating.


If you are planning an expression of sympathy please consider memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church in Midland or Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, MI.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Church family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Tammy King, LPN

    16 April 2020 1 year ago

    Judy and family I am so sorry about your loss. Marvin was a kind and loving man who I took great pleasure in caring for him at Medilodge. He will be greatly missed.

  2. Diana L Hebel

    10 April 2020 1 year ago

    Judy, sorry to hear of Marv’s passing. My thoughts and prayers be with you and your family. – Judy Jungman

  3. Dave Babcock

    10 April 2020 1 year ago

    Jon and Judy, it sometimes seems like just a short while ago Marv and Dorm were helping me coach the boys in Little League. Those were some good times to be sure. Marv was a nice man who i really looked up to. He set a great example for being a father. He will be missed. Thinking of you.

  4. Heather Pasquinzo

    10 April 2020 1 year ago

    My condolences to the entire Church family, may you find peace in your cherished memories

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