Marvin H. Langley Sr., 99, passed away peacefully at his home in Skaneateles on Oct. 27, 2017. “What a Wonderful Life” is the title of his autobiography which reflects the joy and intensity with which he approached his life. After reading his book and learning of all his antics you might wonder how he made it out of his 20s. He lived every day to the maximum and if you were with him — he wanted you to do the same. Marvin was the consummate storyteller; ask anyone who knew him what their favorite story was.
Captain Marvin Langley was a tank commander in World War II. He was at Normandy on D-Day and in the Ardenne Forrest at the Battle of the Bulge. He didn’t speak often about the war, but he did include fascinating details in his autobiography (which is available at Skaneateles Library).
Travel was a big part of Marvin’s life. He traveled extensively with his wife, Emily, covering 52 countries and all the well-known National Parks. With his second wife, Rosie, he increased the total number of countries visited to 58.
Marvin was an entrepreneur and owned his own company. He was a manufacturer representative for several construction supply companies. He retired at age 70 from his career, but never slowed down.
Marvin shared his life with the love of his life, Emily Williams, who he married at age 24. Emily predeceased him in 1995. Unlike many, Marvin was blessed with a second soulmate and married Rose Marie Bliss in 1996. He shared 19 years with Rosie who predeceased him in 2014.
Marvin and Emily had five children, Emily (Lee) and her husband, Patrick Brown, Anne and her husband, Charlie McElroy, Judith (Minissali), Marjorie and her husband, Scott Rockwell, and Marvin and his wife, Patti. His five children blessed them with 13 grandchildren. To date, his grandchildren have produced 14 great-grandchildren.
Sadly, Marvin was predeceased by his brother, Charles Langley, and son-in-law, Richard Minissali.
Please join us in celebrating Marvin and his life. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3 in the First Presbyterian Church, Skaneateles, with a luncheon to follow at the Skaneateles Country Club.
If you’d like to make a donation in honor of Marvin, please send donations to SAVES of Skaneateles or Laker Limo of Skaneateles.