|Marvin Bliss Clain Jr.|
|June 29, 1918 - February 01, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Graveside Service: Private , at National Cemetery, Rock Island|
|Retired Army Maj. Marvin Bliss Clain Jr., 93, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island. Cremation rites accorded. A private family inurnment will be held at National Cemetery, Rock Island, where military honors will be provided. Memorials may be made in care of the Family Readiness Group for Wounded Warriors, and may be mailed to Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, where they will be forwarded to the family.|
Marvin was born on June 29, 1918 in Worcestor, Mass., the son of Marvin and Florence Perry Clain. Marvin married Joyce Ann Wilson on February 28, 1942 in Worcestor.
Marvin had a tremendous passion and love for his county and history. After he graduated from Worcestor High School, he pursued his passion for his country by attending the Company I Ordnance Officer School in Aberdeen, Maryland, graduating in 1943, in which he then joined the U.S. Army during World War II. He was proud to be one of the soldiers marching into liberate Paris, France. Marvin made a career out of serving his country and proudly retired from the U.S. Army as a Major in 1961. After his service, Marvin worked for the Ordnance Head Quarters at the Rock Island Arsenal, retiring in the early 70ís.
Marvinís other passions in life included traveling and playing golf.
He is survived by; his children and (spouses), Susan (Sam) Bjorkman, Rock Island, Connie Sellers, Moline, Thomas (Patricia) Clain, Bettendorf, IA, and Anne Bliss Holliday, San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Andy (Veronica) Bjorkman, Champaign, IL, Sarah Bjorkman, Alexandria, VA, Chantelle (Patrick) Kelsall, Chicago, IL, Randy (Amy) Jean, Rock Island, Thomas and Jesslyn Clain, Davenport, IA, Bridget Suzanne (Robert) Wierenga-Keller, Lowmoore, IA, Gabriel (Dena) Holliday, Austin, TX, and Willow and Abigail Holliday, San Antonio, TX; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Marvin was preceded in death by; his wife; parents; brother, Angus; grandsons, David Bjorkman and Micah Holiday; and great-granddaughter, Charlie Rose Kelsall.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the Silver Cross Nursing Center for their compassionate care.
Dear Family of Marvin,
I had the plearure of knowing both your Dad and Mom since 1974 as I was their dental hygienist for many, many years.In these more recent years, I always looked forward to seeing Marvin, sharing family updates and enjoying his fun, kind and warm personality. He brighten my day! I am grateful for our friendship and know I am a better person for our encounters. I will miss him as you too will have many loving, fond memories of such a special man. My sympathies to you. Marcia
-- Marcia Zerull