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Marvin Leigh, 86, of rural East Lynn, Ill., passed away at 10:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. He was born on the farm in East Lynn, Ill., on June 4, 1930, the son of Lawrence Elmer and Hazel (Hammerton) Leigh. He married Lila Otto on January 2, 1953 in Hoopeston. She survives in rural East Lynn, Ill.
He is survived by one daughter, Marty (Russell "JR") Borders of Mahomet, Ill.; three sons, Greg (Janet) Leigh of Danville, Russ (Linda) Leigh of Hoopeston, and Chris (Lisa) Leigh of East Lynn, Ill.; one sister, Georgianna Haynes of Peoria, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and 26 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marian Osborne and Elinor Martin; and one nephew, Dave Kuntz.
Marvin was a life-long farmer in the rural East Lynn area and tended to his hog operation that he was passionate about. He served in the United States Marine Corp and was a member of First Church of God in Hoopeston. He served on various church boards and was a Sunday school teacher for many years. Marvin served four years on the East Lynn School board from 1970-1973. He then served 12 years on the Hoopeston-East Lynn School board from 1974-1985 which he served as President from 1979-1985. He later served on the Regional School Board of Trustees for several years. Marvin also served on East Lynn Fire Department for several years. He loved to read and study The Bible. He was a lifelong White Sox fan and enjoyed playing and watching sports. Marvin especially loved to watch his kids and grandkids ballgames.
A visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at First Church of God, 1004 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, with Pastor Micah Mobley officiating. Burial will follow in East Lynn Cemetery in East Lynn, Ill. Military rites will be accorded by Hoopeston American Legion Post #384 and Hoopeston VFW Buddy Egnew Post #4826.
Memorials may be made in Marvin's name to Hoopeston-Area Sports Boosters or Hoopeston-Area FFA Alumni Association C/O Anderson Funeral Home, 427 E. Main St., Hoopeston, IL 60963.
Please visit www.anderson-funeral-home.com to view Marvin's eternal tribute page and to send the family condolences.
Anderson Funeral Home, in Hoopeston, is handling the arrangements.
Published on December 5, 2016
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