Marvin D. McQuigg

March 25, 1934 ‒ September 25, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Marvin Dale McQuigg passed away at his home Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the age of 85.  He was surrounded by his loving family.

This gentle, benevolent soul came into the world on March 25, 1934 in Croton, Ohio to his proud parents, Arthur D. and Burdell (Neighbarger) McQuigg.  Little did they know that Marvin was destined to be the leader of a mighty clan of more than 50.  Marvin grew up on a small family farm outside of Mount Vernon, Ohio.  From an early age, he had an insatiable love of music.  His family would travel into town on Friday evenings.  Marvin would stay in the car and listen to Hawaiian and organ tunes on the radio while the rest of the family enjoyed shopping and other social activities.

Marvin attended Mount Vernon High School.  He met the love of his life, Patricia Marcia Umbaugh, while attending the Christian & Missionary Alliance church on West High Street, Mount Vernon.  She was twelve, he was fifteen.  The highlight of their courtship was going to the roller rink on the top floor of Ye Olde Mill in Utica.  Marvin and Patricia were united in marriage on December 22, 1953 in Marion, Indiana.

Marvin worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass for a time while living in Mount Vernon.  He moved his young family to California in 1959, where he learned the building trade and began a lifelong affair with tacos, which he passed down to succeeding generations.  The family moved back to Knox County after a collapse in the housing market.  He started his own contracting business, Marvin McQuigg Builders, and built 300 homes in the area, including his own.  The family eventually settled in the Village of Fredericktown.

Together, Marvin and Pat went on countless adventures fit for royalty.  They spearheaded many family vacations to Myrtle Beach and Charleston, South Carolina.  Marvin and Pat traveled to Hawaii in 1984, where Marvin enjoyed all the tropical luxuries he dreamed of while listening to the radio as a child.  He went on a pilgrimage to Ireland with his wife and three daughters to visit his ancestral lands, including Dunluce Castle in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Marvin and Pat encouraged a love of travel in all of their children and grandchildren, often taking special trips with them throughout the United States, and supporting their journeys abroad.

Marvin was very active in his community.  He served on the Fredericktown Village Council.  He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Fredericktown.  Marvin’s love for antiques and historic homes led to his involvement with the Fredericktown Historical Society.  He assisted with getting several homes listed to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Fredericktown Multiple Resource Area in 1979. He never shied away from lending a helping hand to those in need.  He was proud to serve as a volunteer EMT for many years.

The McQuigg Clan championed the lip-sync competition for fourteen years at the Fredericktown Tomato Show.  Marvin provided comedic relief for many of these performances.  Long before the lip-sync performances, Marvin and Pat operated an old-timey photo booth at the Tomato Show when his own children were young.  He enjoyed genealogy, especially adding branches to his tree.  His Ancestry DNA tests confirmed everything he had discovered about his lineage, even the people and places he discovered before the dawn of the internet.

Marvin was preceded in death by his father Arthur, his mother Burdell, and wife of 64 years, Patricia.

He is survived by his five children Michele (Ronald) Hurlow of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Connie (James) Philips of Ostrander, Ohio, Michael (Jennifer) McQuigg of Fredericktown, Ohio, Timothy (Regina) McQuigg of Mount Vernon, Ohio, Tricia (Paul) Brown of Fredericktown, Ohio, eighteen grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, his brother Milton (Glenna) McQuigg of Deming, New Mexico, his sister Donna (Art) Robson of Mount Vernon, and many nieces and nephews.  His legacy will continue.

Friends may call Friday from 5pm to 8pm at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11am at the First Baptist Church in Fredericktown. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Fredericktown.

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  • To Shelly, Connie, Mike, Tim and Tricia and your families:
    Our memories, thoughts, and prayers are with you all. Dad was a blessed man to know and am proud of all he did.
    I won’t get a chance to say so long to him at his service, but know he will be at Heaven’s gate ready to welcome me there.
    Hugs to all!
    Janet and Rich Hiles

  • My thought s are with you all during this time of grieving. Your memories are there for you always to cherish.

  • Dear Chris and Jaimie and all of her family,

    I’m sorry to learn of your grandfather’s death. My dad thought so much of him. He was a sweet man. I’m glad to have met him. You all are in our prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss.I know you all have countless memories to share in your time of grief and all of them will be good.You had two special parents who gave you so much to pass on to the next generations to come.You are all blessed.

  • Our deepest sympathy to all of Marv’s family. We share in the loss of an awesome man. We had interaction with Marv and Pat through our two girls and then through the Squad. What super folks. This is a wonderful obituary that sums up the life and now the loss of such a great man who was active in many things. He will be missed by friends and family. May it help you all to know that we send you our condolences and friendship. Pat and Marv are reunited in Heaven and will be together for eternity. Miss you both. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • To the children and families, so sorry to hear of the passing of Marvin. Marvin and Pat were great people and friends. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow. You have a lot of good memories to remember your parents by.

  • We are praying for you as you say goodbye to this stalwart of your family. I know your stories are great about this great man! You keep them going on by the way you live. Be comforted by each other.

    Love, Gina & Jamie

  • Michelle & your whole family,
    I am so sad for the loss of your Dad. The wonderful years and memories you all have of him. I still have the sienna photo of my hubby, son & me. Memories! Feel the love and comfort from God as you all grieve.

  • We lost a wonderful, caring father, grandfather, great grandfather, and neighbor. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thought and prayers are with you and yours. We will miss his smile and his presence next door. Love you !!❤️❤️

  • When I think of Marvin I think of such a kind, gentle, loving man with a very precious smile that came straight from knowing God. So many wonderful memories over the years and especially the fun church parties that he an Pat spearheaded.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

  • Shelly, Connie, Mike, Tim and Tricia and families:
    May you all find peace in this time of heart break, your Dad was such a fine Man and loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Much love and hugs to everyone.

    Mark Letts

  • So sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing. He was a big help to my Uncle Ralph McQuigg and wife Aunt Ellen Beacom McQuigg. Ellen was my mother (Evelyn Beacom Williams) older sister. I know when Uncle Ralph was very sick the last few years of his life Marvin would help them out. Praying for the family.

  • My heart goes out to you, Mike and Jen. I had the awesome privilege of meeting your Dad and Mom working at RA. He was always the kindest, joyful, happy man to wait on and what a legacy he leaves behind. Thoughts and prayers go out to you both and family. So sorry, miss seeing you both.

  • The McQuigg family,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • To The McQuigg Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to your family in the loss of your loved one. Our friendship goes back several years and we have many wonderful memories. May the Lord give you comfort and peace in the upcoming days.

  • Shelly, Connie, Mike, Tim and Tricia,
    I was so sorry to hear of your loss. He was a wonderful person–so welcoming and warm and kind. He and your mom were quite a pair and I know that my parents (Harry and Betty Jo) loved them as did everyone. I can see them together in Heaven having a good laugh and enjoying one another’s company. You have an amazing heritage. Praying for your peace and comfort at this hard time and the presence of Jesus to walk with you.

  • To all the McQuigg children,
    Please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of your father. I enjoyed watching the video of his life. What wonderful memories for you all.