Marvin E. Wycoff, of Columbia Missouri, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2013 at the age of 89. Marvin was born on August 23, 1923 the fourth child of Ida and Morris Wycoff of St. James Missouri. He was born and raised on the family farm, and graduated from St. James High School, class of 1941.
As a young man, during World War II, Marvin served honorably and courageously in the US Army Air Corps. He achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant and served as a radio operator and waist gunner aboard a B-24 Liberator. His unit, the 460th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force, was stationed in Spinazzola Italy and flew missions throughout the European Theater.
Marvin and his fellow crew flew 44 combat missions. On the last mission, July 19, 1944, their B-24 sustained considerable battle damage and crashed in the German occupied French Alps. The crew was immediately assisted by, and in turn assisted, the local French resistance force (Marquis de l ’ Oisans), a unit of the Free French of the Interior (FFI).
For more than 6-weeks Marvin and all other crew members avoided capture until that portion of France was liberated by Allied Forces in early September. Nearly 38-years later, in May 1982, Marvin and other crew members returned to France at the invitation of the French resistance fighters.
At a dedication ceremony, high in the French Alps, the crew members were awarded the Republic of France Liberation Medal as the “American Detachment” of the FFI. Marvin’s service to his country was important to him and his family. During his retirement, he was very active in the Lake St. Louis Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
After his service in World War II, Marvin began his civilian life. On January 28, 1945 he married his high school sweetheart, Miss Marie Clara Marchi, of Rosati, Missouri.
After additional training in electronics, Marvin and Marie settled in the St. Louis area and raised their family of three children in Kirkwood Missouri. Marvin was the sole proprietor of “Marv’s Television and Electronic Service” for many years. Eventually, he became an electronics technician/supervisor for the National Weather Service where he held positions in St. Louis Missouri, Appleton Wisconsin, and Bismarck North Dakota. After Bismarck, Marvin and Marie returned to Missouri and settled in Lake St. Louis where he completed his career with the Weather Service and retired.
Marvin and Marie had many friends, were avid square dancers, and enjoyed boating and fishing. Marvin also enjoyed hunting and passed along his love for the outdoors to his children. Many of life’s lessons were taught as a natural part of a family fishing trip. Marvin’s home water, Meramec Springs, was always very special to him and his children.
Marvin is survived by his sister Ruby Brewer of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and his three children, Ronald (Ruth Ann) Wycoff of Gainesville, Florida, Donald (Wei) Wycoff of Columbia, Missouri, and Sharon (Steve) Brading of Sugarland, Texas. Marvin is also survived by eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and life-long companion Marie, his brothers Perry Wycoff and Lawrence Wycoff, both of St. James Missouri, and his sister Eunice Emory of Jefferson City and St. James Missouri.
Marvin led a full and complete life. He was a son, brother, soldier, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. But most of all, he was a gentleman who was loved by all who knew him well, and he will always be remembered.
Funeral services for Marvin Wycoff will be held Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the St. James Chapel of the James & Gahr Mortuary with Pastor Don Carson officiating. Interment will follow at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in St. James with full military honors. He will be laid to rest beside his loving wife Marie. Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 2-4 PM. Memorials are suggested to the Paralyzed Veterans of America/ or the Parkinson Foundation, cards are available at all James & Gahr locations.