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Obituary for Marvin Avery
Marvin Avery July 14, 1918 – September 5, 2011 Marvin Avery died at his home in Harbor, Ore. on September 5, 2011 at the age of 93. He was born July 14, 1918 to Otis and Emma (Gronenthal) Avery of Glenburn, North Dakota, and grew up on the homestead farm. He and his brother Kenneth bummed their way, riding freight trains to the Coast in 1936, and going through many states. Then, in Sept. 1941 Marvin served in the Army for 3 ½ years with all but 6 months overseas. He was honorably discharged in 1946 having earned the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He returned and married Rada Gail Poor in 1948; she preceded him in death after 38 years of marriage. He had built a small trailer court before marriage. Later he sold that and he and his wife built a 50-space one on land purchased from his father-in-law. In 1966 they purchased a cabin in Mexico near Ruby Point, commuting from the trailer court 220 miles, and being there usually every 10 days. They retired in 1969 at 46 years old, and coming to Brookings. After his wife’s death he took a cruise to Australia and one to Alaska as well as traveling extensively in trailer campers and motor homes. He was a good fisherman and loved the sport. Marvin owned several boats in Harbor. Marvin also authored three books and was an accomplished poet. Marvin leaves behind one brother, Charles Avery of Montana, 2 nephews in Washington; 2 nieces in Wisconsin and 3 nieces and a nephew in Billings, Mont. as well as Dee Bernhard, a loved friend and companion for years, and “Al”, Yerma and Lisa Bernhard and their children Debbie, Karen and Linda whom he called his second family. At his request there will be no services, and he will be interred at Eagle Point National Cemetery beside his wife.