Marvin L. Vannatta

November 13, 1933 ‒ October 06, 2015

Howard, Ohio

Marvin L. Vannatta, age 81, of Howard passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born November 13, 1933 in Mount Vernon to the late Wayne and Blanche (Hess) Vannatta.

Marvin served in the National Guard and retired from the guard in 1978 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He also worked for Columbia Gas and retired with 41 years of service. He was a member of Gay Street United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of the Mount Zion Lodge #9 F. & A.M., the Baldwin Shrine, Fraternal Order of Eagles #760, Colonial City Moose Lodge #2555 and the Fraternal Order of Elks in Athens. Marvin enjoyed country music, fishing and he especially loved to spend time with his family.

Marvin is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Shirley T. (Tier) Vannatta; his daughters, Sheri (Tom) Fitz of Powell, Shelly Fitzpatrick of Powell and Mindy Moore of Worthington; grandchildren, Stephanie (Josh) Headings, Tiffany (Josh) Miller, Aly Moore, Jacob Moore, Jules Moore and Shae Fitzpatrick; great grandchildren, Riley and Blakely Miller; sisters, Janet (Kurt) Riessler of Tennessee and Jeneal Burrows of Mount Vernon; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2015 at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Rd., Mount Vernon where a funeral service will be held at 1p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. A Masonic memorial service will follow the visitation on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice in Marvin’s memory.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family Marvin L. Vannatta.


  • Many fond memories of our youth and spending time in the Vannatta home. May you all find comfort in knowing that your MANY friends have you in their prayers.
    Our reward in life is our “Life in Heaven”… Sincere sympathy in your loss and JOY in knowing he is in God’s hands now !
    Stan and Linda Eshelman

  • He lived a very full life and you have many fun and loving memories to hold dear in your heart. His next birthday will be in Heaven.
    Our thoughts are with all of you.

  • Mindy, our condolences for your loss. We hope that God give you the strength in these difficult moments. Your family is in our prayers.

  • My deepest sympathy to you, Sheri and your family on the passing of your father. Remember the good times you shared with your father and all the love he gave you throughout the years. He will live in your heart forever. Thinking of you!

  • Condolences to you and your family Sheri. Your all in our thoughts and prayers always.

    God Bless,

    Balinda Cole

  • Shirley our thoughts go out to you and your family! We remember all the great times we had at the Elks district meetings and all the fun we had dressing up for Halloween. He will be dearly missed.

    Love Ya
    Randy & Pat

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless him and may he rest in peace. xox

  • Dear Shirley,

    May your heart find peace, and may God send you comfort and courage to face the days ahead.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Melanie McMillan
    (Sue McMillan’s daughter in Connecticut)

  • Dear Shirley, Jan and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you in your loss.

    Our love and prayers,

    Stan and Hester McNabb

  • Sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed talking to you at class reunions and other times we were in Mt. Vernon. You will have our prayers.
    Don & Sandy

  • So sorry to hear of Marvin’s passing. I have fond memories of playing at your house on High Street when I was growing up on the Chestnut Street dead end. Thoughts and prayers for family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Marvin was blessed to have a long happy life filled with the love of family. Keeping all of you in our prayers.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire Vannatta family. We will forever have fond memories that were established during Marvin’s tenure with Columbia Gas in Columbus.

  • Shirley, deepest sympathy to you and your family . Marvin was one of a kind and always had lots of stories to share. He was very special to Dick and I in the NG. He will be deeply missed.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Vannatta family at this time of loss. Marvin (SGT) Vannatta was always so easy going yet proficient in carrying out his duties as a soldier. I am honored to have served with Marvin for several years where he was not only a soldier but a friend.

  • Girls, I know this is the toughest time. Dealing personally with your father’s family and friends is exhausting and can leave you wondering when you get your time to process. I hope you can find that time, support your mom first and foremost, and remember the best of times. All I can associate with your family is some of the best times of my life as a kid. Rolling down that causeway, pulling into your driveway, was magical. Beyond Cedar Point, beyond the lake, your backyard, it was DIFFERENT from my everyday life back in central Ohio. It sparked my imagination. Sure, as an adult I had fun at Apple Valley but those days 40+ years ago … that’s what was priceless to me about Marv. Keep those types of memories in the forefront. Peace, love and understanding girls.

  • My sympathy to each and every one of you today and the days ahead. I have so many great memories of Marv from the day he hired me at Columbia Gas through the many years of friendship with all of you. I still remember the night he told me he was transferring from Athens and my tears started flowing. A truly great friend that will be missed dearly. Love to all of you.