Marvin Keiper
Marvin Keiper

Obituary of Marvin Keiper

Marvin Keiper, 91, of Puyallup, WA passed away surrounded by loved ones on March 18th, 2024 after a long battle with dementia .


Marvin was born on May 16th, 1932 to John and Marguerite Keiper in Wenatchee, WA.  He grew up and went to school in Lind , WA. After high school, he went on to serve in the army, and was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat in Korea.


When Marvin came home to Ritzville, Washington, after his military service, he met his future wife Virginia his first day home. They fell in love and were lifelong partners for 68 years. Marvin and Virginia had two sons and two daughters.  Sandra, Randy, Russell and Michelle.  They moved to western Washington in the late 1960’s and Marvin started his career with the Boeing company, where he worked, until he happily retired. 


Marvin was a quiet, steady man. Determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. He was the firm, reliable foundation of his family. 

Marvin was also an excellent craftsman who could be found in his wood shop during his time off, working on gifts for family and friends.  Looking around the yard, you see so many lovely examples of yard art he made over the years. From mailboxes, bird houses, and a lovely train. In 1985, he built a beautiful grandfather clock that was proudly displayed in the living room.  That clock was stopped at exactly 11:06 when his sweet spirit left this world. 


Anyone who knew Marvin knew that he was a caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Even though Marvin was a quiet man, he had an incredible sense of humor that dementia couldn’t steal away.  He had a sweet, funny way about him and was cracking jokes right up to the end.  His beautiful soul will be sorely missed by his family and friends. 


Marvin was preceded in death by his mother, Marguerite, his father John, his sisters Thelma and Louise and his brother Jackie. He is survived by Virginia, Sandra, Randy, Russell, Michelle, grand children and great grandchildren.


Services for Marvin will be held at Tahoma national cemetery in Kent Washington on May 9th at 11:30.

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