Marlin R. Henthorn

July 02, 1940 ‒ September 22, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

         Marlin R. Henthorn, 77, of Mount Vernon passed away Friday morning, September 22, 2017, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  He was born July 2, 1940, in Parkersburg, WV to the late Richard M. and Pauline M. (Dixon) Henthorn.

          He graduated from Andrew Barber College in Columbus, and owned and operated Henthorn Painting and Decorating which he inherited from his father, Richard.  He also owned Henthorn Contracting, and worked at Peabody Galion for several years. Marlin retired from Ariel Corporation in Mount Vernon after 20 years of service.

          In addition to his work, Marlin was an active member of the Pine Street First Church of God.  He served as a Church Board member, as well as a Monroe Township Trustee. Marlin enjoyed spending his free time gardening, building, driving his back-hoe, playing in a bluegrass band, and always helping any neighbor in need.

          Marlin is survived by his loving wife of over 56 years, Phyllis J. (Simmons) Henthorn; children, Penny (Dr. Wayne) Cummings of Westerville and Todd (Amy) Henthorn of Gahanna; beloved brother, Lowell (Carlene) Henthorn of Howard; seven grandsons: Brandon (Heather), Austin (Kayla), Alexander, Jordan, Jaxon, Samuel, and Calvin; three great-grandchildren: Kinley, Barrett and Caden; and numerous nieces and nephews. Marlin was blessed with brothers and sisters-in-law whom he loved and cherished, spending many hours together enjoying each other’s company. Marlin was blessed to have a number of very close, devoted friends whom were truly part of his family.

          The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon.  A funeral service celebrating the life of Marlin will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Pine Street First Church of God, 10 Pine St., Mount Vernon.  Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with Pastor Dan Oakes officiating.

          In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pine Street Church of God Building Fund.

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          The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Marlin R. Henthorn.


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  • Phyllis and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have a lot of nice memories of Marlin from when I went to church growing up. He always had a smile on his face. He was a great person and he will be missed. May God give you strength to get through the difficult days ahead. Praying for you and your family.

  • Phyllis I’m so sorry Marlin was a great man. He had a special place in my heart. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you. Glendora. As Marlin would say Eldora.

  • So sorry to hear of Marlin’s passing. So many fond childhood memories of wonderful times at Pine Street church with your family. Holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Phyllis, Penny,and Todd,
    My heart just sank when I heard of Marlin’s passing. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I will always remember him as one of my church bus driver’s and being one of the people who lead me to church to meet Jesus. He will be missed by many including me. Thinking and praying for you all.

  • My heart breaks for you Phyllis. Marlin was always ready with a joke, but he was also a very caring and loving man. I will never forget all the times he would get that hill behind the house ready so we could spend hours right tg our sleds after a fresh snow. He was a great example of what a Christian man, husband, and father looks like.
    Penny, I can’t imagine how you are feeling right now. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with you and your family. May God bring you all peace and comfort as you navigate this difficult time. I am a phone or text message away. Love to you Phyllis, Penny, Todd and the whole family! You are in my thoughts and Prayers.

  • Dear Friends sorry to hear of your loss I’ll always will remember Marlin setting in Choir at church Fanning to stay cool but was teasing my mother also funny times Phyllis I am so sorry we have been like family from church working many years together I ask the Lord to get you threw this and your children Blessings Connie

  • Aunt Phyllis we are sorry for your loss. Marlin was a special person who I enjoyed the limited time I was able to see him in my life. I pray God will give you strength and some comfort during this time. We love you and know that Marlin is smiling down on us from above.

  • DearPhyllis and family so sorry for your great loss. Marlin was a friend to so many, he will be greatly missed . But as so often said God many times takes the best. Four years ago I lost My dear husband ,soi know what you are going through. A piese of your heart left with him. Lean on the ones that love you Talk about him . Don’t hold back the tears. You low tears is a language God understands .you are loved an God will get you through this . Praying for all the family .

  • Penny & Family,
    My heart goes out to you & my prayers lift you before the Throne of Grace. May the God of Comfort strengthen you as you grieve & may you find that your memories are filled with peace. Lean on the Good Shepherd, Who’s with you in this valley of the shadow of death & may the promise of heaven bring you hope unending.

  • Dear Phyllis,
    So saddened to hear of Marlin’s passing. Have known him and his family for many years. I can understand the grief you are experiencing now, and you have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am shocked and feel so sorry for your loss. Having known Marlin and his family for many years, I have no doubt but that the angels in heaven are rejoicing at Marlin’s homecoming. What a beautiful and faithful person he was! He knew our Lord well and lived his life accordingly. To Phyllis, Penny, Todd, grandchildren and the entire Family, may God hold you tight and give you peace during this sad and difficult time. You are in my prayers and I love you all so much.
    Eyes on Jesus,
    Sue McMillan

  • Aunt Phyllis,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Marlin’s kind soul. We will be praying for comfort and strength in the days to come.

  • Very saddened by the loss ,for you.Happy for his gain,though.He was a very special man and friend and I enjoyed talking and singing with him (on occasion) .What a beautiful legacy he leaves behind – a firm representative of God- just like his father.Please know we are here if you need anything ,now or in the future.Much love Karl and Darcy Blankenhorn

  • I was very sorry to hear of Martin’s passing. We had known the Henthorn family for many years. I pray that God will bring you comfort during this time of loss.

  • So sorry Phyllis and family on the loss of marlin. He was one very special man. HE SEEN THE GOOD IN EVERYONE. We’ll treasure all the time we got to spend with him this all this summer him working on our home. Criss and I both learnt so much from him. He has the biggest heart. .We loved him, and will always cherish the time spent with him. Sending love prayers and hugs to you and your family. Criss and Deb Steinmetz.

  • Phyllis, we are so sad to hear of Marlin’s passing. We were privileged to spend time with him and you over the years even though our visits were brief. He’s a fine man who seemed to love to laugh and have those around laugh with him. Our prayers for you and the family. Fondly, Rick and Maria Yoke

  • There is probably not a person who knew Marlin that did not share a smile or laughter with him at one time or another. That’s just the kind of guy he was. We loved him and respected him. He will surely be missed.
    Our love and prayers are with all of you who loved him most.

  • Penny and family– so sorry to hear about your dad/grandpa! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Joan, Eric, and Megan Bellner

  • My sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Marlin. I met Marlin in the 1970s as we both worked for Peabody Galion at the Mount Vernon plant, and then later at Ariel Corp. Never heard a cross word from him and he was a pleasure to know, he will be missed by all, God Bless

  • Dear Phillis, Penny and Todd
    I am so sorry to hear this news of Marlin passing away. All the years we had together, oh so many years ago, which now seem like 150 years ago, mean to world to myself and my children. Marlin was an exceptional man, a great husband, father and once a friend always a friend. I am so sorry I was unable to make my way to Mt. Vernon to pay my respects. Please know that I will keep all of you in my heart and prayers that God will grant you solace in this time of healing. Love you all so very much may God bless you as he has in the past. God Rest your soul dear friend.

  • SO SO SORRY. What a great father, man, worker, friend. Will surely be missed, but know he is in heaven. Bob Harrod