Marvin G. Catlett

December 22, 1941 - February 10, 2008

12/22/1941 - 02/10/2008

Past Services

Saturday February 16, 2008
10:00 am - 11:00 am
St. Jude Catholic Church
710 Jefferson Ave.
Glen Dale, WV 26038
Saturday February 16, 2008
11:00 am
St. Jude Church
710 Jefferson Ave
Glendale, WV 26038

Catlett, Marvin G., 66, of Glen Dale, WV, died Sunday, February 10, 2008 in Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, WV.
He was born December 22, 1941 in Glen Dale, a son of the late John Albert and Elizabeth Balgo Catlett.
Marvin was a 1959 graduate of Union High School, Benwood, and was retired from the U. S. Air Force with 20 years of service. He was also retired from Civil Services and Austram, Inc. During his service, he and his wife lived in many places, including Great Falls, Montana, where he was stationed for 18 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; a lifetime member of the NRA and a former member of the Durham, NC Rifle and Pistol Club.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 45 years, Karen Sue Yost Catlett, whom he married on April 23, 1962 at St. John Catholic Church, Benwood, and a son, John Aaron Catlett of Raleigh, NC, currently serving in Iraq. He is also survived by a former daughter-in-law, Sherry McKisson and her husband, Kevin, of Hendersonville, NC, and their children, Ian and Jared; a brother, John R. Catlett and his wife, Barbara, of Moundsville, WV; two sisters, Dorothy McPeek, of Paden City, WV and Delores Murdock and her husband, Jon, of New Martinsville, WV; two brothers-in-law, Floyd Aaron Yost and his wife, Linda, of Wheeling and Don Mixon of Pensacola, FL; a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Salter of FL; nieces and nephews, Tammy Catlett of McMechen, Beth Ann Markley and her husband, Bob of Elkins, WV, Melanie Goddard of PA, Scott McPeek of SC, Michael Murdock and his wife, Stephanie, of OH, Susan Lawton and her husband, John, of TN, Erin Lynn Rusk and her husband, Michael, of Wheeling, Don Aaron Mixon and his wife, Sara, of GA, Danialle Ivie of FL, Sabrina Salter of FL, Lorraine Tillery of AL, and his dog, Bubbles.
Friends will be received from 10:00 am until time of Memorial Mass at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at St. Jude Catholic Church, 710 Jefferson Ave., Glen Dale, with Rev. Thomas E. Schiffer as celebrant.
Interment is private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville.
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susan lawton
8 years ago

Dear Aunt Karen,

I love you very much and wish I were there to give you a big hug. I will miss Uncle Marvin greatly. I am so happy that I was able to be with him last week. I will cherish you and my memories of Uncle Marvin always. My prayers are with you and John and all of my family. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the memorial, but I will be thinking of all of you.

love, Susan and Johnny

Robert Jung
8 years ago

Dear Dad Catlett

Your not going to get away that easy without the problem kid getting in his two cent’s worth !!!

Mr Catlett wore many hats !! He was a loving husband , loving dad , loving friend . Friends were family with Marvin & Sue and they treated them as such . Nick was the renegade always into his usual mischief and Mr C always let him know about it . Once a year coming to montana to check up on the problem child . Sitting at our favorite location the sturgeon’s waiting for the problem kid to arrive . Like always the two best friends would get together Mr C would already know what the outcome would be .. TACOS @ EL COMEDOR … The boys would be told to be good ! Not to stay out to late ! LOL ! When Jerry or Jeff would show up there was the 30 minute lecture before the kids were able to leave and once again Mr C would state I will have the bail money ready dont be out to late the words rang loud and clear ! Did four people learn from example ? John , Jerry, Jeff , Nick have been best friends since 1978 even though thousands of miles separate us we still go through the good times and bad holding each other up like Mr & Mrs C have done so many times . When all the parents would hear that John, Nick , Jerry, Jeff were getting together all the parents eyes would roll !! When hard times hit there was Mr & Mrs C offering support , holding each other up so consequently the problem child though separated by 1,000 of miles is holding your hand sending his love … Give dad a kiss for me ! Talk to you soon John & Sue …

Love Nick

Brenda Doyle
8 years ago

Dear Karen,

I am so sorry for your loss. You gave so much of yourself in helping Marvin’s last year to be what he really wanted – to be back home with family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Please take solice in knowing that you are loved and that Marvin is no longer suffering. Love, Brenda

Peiyuan Lin & Cheng Wang
8 years ago

Dear Karen,

No words can really comfort you. But please accept our deepest wishes and prayers. And our thoughts are always with you.


Peiyuan & Cheng

jerry fisher
8 years ago

Dear Mrs. C and John,

I’m so glad that I got to see Mr.C the last time he and John came to Great Falls. For all those years we lived across the street form each other, he was like a father to me. It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were watching and helping him build that canoe in the garage. Hopefully, he is at peace now, and can build another canoe in heaven with my son Spenser. Then the two of them can take Dusty and Stoney for a ride.

With Love and prayers,

Jerry Fisher

Subia Durrani
8 years ago

Dear Mrs. Catlett and John, Thank you very much for letting me know about Mr. Catlett. I wish I were there to support you and my dearest friend John. I am sorry that I will be unable to attend the memorial, but my prayers will be there with you and your family at this difficult time. I first met Mr. Catlett in Durham, NC. He was a very sweet person. Even though I have not seen him last few years, when ever I talk to him on the phone, he was always very humble and sweet with me. My family and I will pray for you and John to get through this difficult time. God bless you.



Sherry McKisson
8 years ago

Dear Pa,

Seeing you in your final days was so very difficult, but I am grateful for the time we had. I could look in your eyes and see the Dad I know, but your body failed you. You fought so bravely. Seeing you smile and hearing your laugh through the pain you must have been suffering was a blessing. Despite all you were enduring, you were concerned for me and my family. You always were so thoughtful.

I remember when we first met 27 years ago; you had just retired from 20 years in the Air Force. You still had your âÄúgruffâÄù sergeant demeanor, but I could see through the charade. IâÄôm not sure what you thought of me; you certainly didnâÄôt seem accustomed to women standing up to you and speaking their minds. But IâÄôm pretty sure I grew on you. You became my second Dad and I will always cherish that gift. Through the years, the good times and not so good times, you remained the same: loving, caring, protective. Even when things changed and I remarried, you welcomed Kevin as your âÄúsonâÄù. Ian and Jared are so lucky to have had you as their âÄúgrandpaâÄù. They love you very much and we will all miss you deeply.

Until we meet again, my love is with you.

Sherry, Kevin, Ian, & Jared McKisson

Frank Rubis
8 years ago

Dear Sue & John – Remember just the good times hunting and fishing and just visiting. Will always charish Marivin’s, yours and John’s fiendship all these years. Frank

George Paugh
8 years ago

Friendships are eternal and we shall meet again. Our prayers are with you during your time of loss. Marvin is with our loving Father.

Karl Sonny Beem
8 years ago

God was good to my wife and I one year ago. I had always heard the name Catlett in the years I courted Elaine and had even met Karen a couple of times. Then last year we went to visit the Catletts and they made me feel as though I had known them for many years. I also saw Marvins gruff exterior but also knew he was a loveing, careing man, with a sense of humor that was great. On our firsty visit I don’t think he ever met a man who loved pizza as much as me. When our wives were away all he had to say was Randy’s sounds good and I’d go get a Randy’s pizza for us to share.

I pray for Marvin and also for his extended family that God will always bless them.

Harvey and Brenda Dearing
8 years ago

Goodby Marvin;

Sue: God bless you. We shall never forget those days as young Airman in Albany Ga at Turner AFB. We had no money but lots of great memories.

The Air Force allows you to meet many people and make great friends.

We love you

Harvey and Brenda Dearing

Joe Childs
8 years ago

I first met Marv on a shotgun range in England where we were stationed in the Air Force. Marv was an excellent shooter and pheasant hunter. He had the best bird dogs and everyone wanted to hunt with him. I felt honored that he liked me well enough to take me with him. We had some great times shooting skeet and hunting behind his yellow and black Labs. In later years Marv and I would talk on the phone every year or so and it was as if we had visisted the day before. Marv you are a great friend and I will miss you. God bless you.

Dan & Carolyn OBrien
8 years ago

I was so sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing. Some great memories that I have of him is when my family flew to Great Falls, Montana, for a visit in 1981 ?. There he showed off his brand-new CD player a novelty at the time, showed me how to swing a golf club, and together with Sue took my family on a long, wonderful trip to Yellowstone National Park.

I wish for Sue and his family to know that they have been in our thoughts and hearts during these last months.

Donald Garrison
8 years ago

I will always cherish the time and memories we shared. To Sue and John, you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Dan and Carolyn O'Brien
8 years ago


There are no words to take away the pain of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

With loving thoughts,

Dan, Carolyn, and kids

Beverly Ulmer
8 years ago


I am so sorry to hear about Marvin and especially how sick he had been for so long. We had some great times in Great Falls. I still put up many of the paintings that you shared with us all. I know Marvin is at peace. It is so hard to lose someone we have been with so many years. Gary and I seem to act and look alike after so many years together. Who would have thought. I’m sure our parents told us that but we thought we would never get old. I will write later as I know you have many things to take care of. God Love You.

Jim Rogers
8 years ago

Karen: Thank you so much for letting me know about Marvin. He was one of the finest men I have ever known, both personally and professionally. Even though I have not seen him often the last couple of years, I am going to miss him very much. I know how proud he was of his family and how much you all meant to him. I had hoped to come to the mass for him, but I checked my schedule and find that I have something on both Friday and Saturday, so I am just going to have to be there in spirit. Please call on me if there is anything I can do now or in the future. Thank you again. You have my deepest condolences.

Mary Lo
8 years ago

May your Husband rest in peace in Heaven…no more suffering….Our prayers are with you & your Family…..Mary Lo

Jeff Fisher
8 years ago

Mrs.C and John: I have many fond mememories of Mr.C. I’m glad that we were neighbors, that turned into good friends. I believe I’m a better person now, for knowing marv back then.I’m a steeler fan now thanks to Marv and John. I will remember him always,my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Carenda M. Parker
8 years ago

My fondest meomory happened April 2001 when my family moved to Hope Valley Farms Durham, N.C.. I was greeted by Marvin when he and bubbles were outside enjoying the day. A few days later, I met Sue. What a wonderful couple to live next to. Through the years we becsme more than neighbors, we became friends. I cherish our conversations that always put a smile on my face. Marvin loved taking care of his yard and often he and my husband Ralph would share ideas of what is best for the yards. They were buddies. Tears were shed when you moved to West Virginia but I had to remember that God knows best. I will forever hold both of you close to my heart. -Forever, Ralph & Carenda

Nick Jung
8 years ago

Nick Jung

1701 verde dr

Great Falls Mt 59405


Pauletta & Gary Byers
8 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Keep the good memories of your lives together in your thoughts and find comfort in knowing that Marvin is no longer suffering.

F. Ray Ruffatto
8 years ago

Sue and John –

So sorry to hear of Marv’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you.

Shelia Ruffatto

Bozeman, MT

Judy and Jim Fisher
8 years ago

Sue and John,

We send our sympathy to you both and to your families. We remember all the good times in Great Falls. I remember Marv’s love for raspberry pies, especially when the berries came from Lincoln and Sue did the baking. I think back to all the time our boys spent at your house and our visits. Please know that Marv is finally at rest. May God grant you the grace and peace as you go through the days and weeks ahead. Love to all, Jim and Judy

Mike & Trish Brazzell
8 years ago

Sue, It was great talking with you and thanks for telling me about this site. It was a great pleasure to see Marv’s photograph after all this time.


Pam, Keith, Maria, Matthew, Anna and Sophia Berube
8 years ago

Sue, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will offer up a Mass for Marvin. We love you!

Don Mixon
8 years ago

Susie and John



Mike Murdock
8 years ago

Uncle Marvin and aunt Karen have meant a lot to us over the years. I feel that over the past few years that we became even closer. It was really hard to see him in his last few months in that condition. Although I would like to be selfish and have him still with us, the most important thing to me is knowing that he is in heaven with aunt Alice now. My family and I hold all of you in our prayers and hope that our family bond will be strong enough to help us through this very difficult time. Love always, Mike

Art and Cris Corwin
8 years ago

We will greatly miss Marvin who was a major part of Austram for many years. He was a tireless leader of our warehouse operation during our early years, who made basic changes to our storage process that streamlined and protected our business during critical times. It was reassuring to know that we had a 100% professional on the job that could always be depended on. We were both USAF retirees and it was a priviledge knowing Marvin. We are sorry to lose a comrade at arms and a friend.

Art Corwin, Col Ret and Austram Inc.