Marvin Smith Phillips

January 16, 1921 ‒ August 28, 2014

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Marvin Smith Phillips passed away early Thursday morning, August 28, 2014 in his Mansfield home surrounded by his family. He was 93.

Born January 16, 1921 to the late Ely & Verna (Smith) Phillips, Marvin was graduated from Barnesville High School before continuing his education at The Ohio State University, graduating in 1944 with a doctorate degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

On January 16, 1944 (his 23rd birthday) he married LaVey Althoff and they spent 70 wonderful years together. Shortly after he was married, Marvin joined the Army Medical Corps and was honored to serve his country.

In his 93 years, he was a talented veterinarian (in Athens), developer, farmer, amateur geologist and historian, and a man of faith to whom family was immeasurably dear. Psalm 23 and the Gettysburg Address personified his values. Ever frugal and hard working, he spread his wealth to others and he had a real talent for observing and commending the skills of each person, boosting their confidence and sense of self worth.

In addition to his loving wife LaVey Phillips of Mansfield, he is survived by four children (and spouses): Carol (Jack) Walter of Crete, IL, Steven (Pamela) Phillips of Mansfield, Linda (John) Strutner of Gate City, VA, and Bruce (Annita) Phillips of Kuttawa, KY; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; siblings: Marjorie McMurry of Westerville, Martha Bratton of Columbus, and Gene Williams of Dayton.

He was preceded in death by three brothers: Loften, Leland and Edward Phillips.

Friends may call 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Grace Fellowship Church, 365 Straub Road East, Mansfield, Ohio 44903, where a memorial service honoring his life will be held at 2 p.m.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Feed My Starving Children, 401 93rd Avenue, NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota 55433.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Marvin’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Dear LaVey and Family,

    Marvin was one of the kindest persons I have ever met. I will never forget his thoughtfulness to my mother. It was an honour to know he and all the rest of your wonderful family.

    God Bless, Tressa

  • Dear LaVey and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Marvin was the nicest and kindest person anyone could hope to know. He will be greatly missed. Just recently, Lois was recounting fond memories of the times the four of you enjoyed as friends, starting out in Athens. May you find comfort in your many wonderful memories.

    The Lois Chadwell Family
    Lois, Vern, Winton, Jana and Brent

  • It was with deep sadness that I received the news of a fine man’s passing, as he had been a close friend of both my Mother & Father, not to mention the entire Bumpass Family throughout the years, primarily through The First Christian Church, as well as his Veterinarian practice, where he helped nurture and medically oversee each and every aspect of our numerous childhood pets that graced our household throughout our early lives.

    He will be sorely missed, and on behalf of the entire Bumpass Family my Wife and I send our sincere condolences to his Wife, Children, and Grandchildren…our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    GOD Bless,

    Terry & Vikki Bumpass

  • my husband and I offer the family our condolences . your father was a wonderful man and a wonderful vet. I know he came to our horses” rescue many times over the years.
    may God be with you and the family.

    peggy and Lloyd atterberry

  • I don’t know this wonderful gentleman but I want to thank him and his family for caring so much about the rich history and people of Athens. The pioneering families who came to Athens left a legacy for the entire nation. That legacy is being discovered daily and appreciated fully. This is only possible with founding member’s commitment. I would not have know my family’s history if it were not for men like him. I am forever grateful. God Bless You and your family Mr. Philips.

  • My sincere sympathy to the Phillips family. I have such good memories of 40 years ago when we arrived in Athens county as fledgling farmers with a herd of beef cattle. How patient and very helpful Doc Phillips was to us then and every time he responded to our call. Esther Jean Lackey (Mrs. Allan M.)

  • Our memories of Marvin are warm and comforting. In our years as Minister of the First Christian Church in Athens, Marvin was among the most supportive and appreciative congregants a pastor could possibly enjoy. He was assuring with his praise, generous with his friendship, and helpful with his criticisms. (Yes, he kept this pastor focused on the proper values and ethics of ministry!) We shall always cherish our time with him and LaVey, and always treasure the memories of a wonderfully out-going person. His faith has brought him victory, and his spirit will reside with us forever! God bless you, LaVey, and our prayers and condolences are offered liberally to you, family, and friends.

    Rev. W. Frank and Alice Hibbard

  • We remember Dr. Phillips’ knowledgeable and reassuring manner in resolving our concerns about Chloe, our pet cat, throughout her life. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Phillips family in this time of sadness. Bill and Mary Reamer

  • I was saddended to read of Marvins passing..My time spent with him was breife but rich in memeories.I remeber watching a TV show(Dirty Jobsw/ mike rowe)It gave him great pleasure in giving me the play by play about being up to his shoulder in bovine….I teased him about his family taking him to the County Home following his after church Sunday buffet ….I had not known Marvin very long but the time I spent with him was rich an of good memories…A Godly man with great integerity ,May God richly Bless you Marvin Phillips. With much love an respect .Denny Craze