Marvin Worth

By Ellis Codjoe, April 30, 2019

On April 25, 2019, the Lord took home Marvin W. Worth, 87, of Ottumwa.

He was born May 13, 1931 in Ottumwa to Howard and Nora King Worth.  Marvin married the love of his life, LuEllen Huddleston on January 7, 1951 and they spent 68 wonderful years together.

Marvin attended Ottumwa schools. He worked 23 years at John Morrell & Co., worked 5 years as Superintendent of South Oak Towers, and then worked for the City of Ottumwa Public Works Dept., retiring in June 1994.

Marvin played for Dewey Baker Eagles, a semi-pro baseball team and was scouted by the St. Louis Cardinals.  He played softball for Local P-1 and he managed Miller High Life softball team. Marvin organized state and local softball tournaments and competitions with pro teams.  He helped with youth softball and was instrumental in starting the local Babe Ruth League and coached the Braves.  He loved the St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.

He was a hard-working faithful man and was selfless in his service to his church and community.  He was the co-founder of Way of Peace Ministries where he faithfully cleaned, worked, ushered, and took care of many church details.

Marvin is survived by his beautiful wife, Pastor LuEllen Worth of Ottumwa; daughter, Pam Frederick- McKnight of Arlington, TX; two sons, Dennis “Chic” Worth of Ottumwa and Brad (Lisa) Worth of Kirksville, MO; a brother, Virgil Worth of Dayton, OH; grandchildren from around the country, Diana Barnes, Jennifer Rich, Aaron Jones, Jon Gaule, Greg Frederick, Lindsay Worth, Wensday Worth, Ben Gibson Amy Strohmeyer; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Karen Gaule and Linda Jones; brothers, Kenny, Jimmy and Junior Worth.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with his granddaughter, Diana Barnes officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Monday with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Way of Peace Ministries or Whatsoever You Do Women and Children’s Shelter.

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