Born May 18, 1935 in Hardin Illinois, passed away July 7, 2020 in Citrus Heights CA. Preceded in death by Norma Barry, his loving wife of 48 years, his twin brother Melvin Dean Barry, his mother Maurine Barry, son baby Barry and his son-in-law Jan Spinazzola. Marvin is survived by his daughters Gina Chalk (Todd), Lesa Spinazzola, Christine Levesque (David) and his son Kirk Barry. Marvin was adored by his grandchildren Nicole Chalk, Justin Chalk, Tamara Cox (Jacob), Kelsey Spinazzola, Kiernan Spinazzola, Delaney Spinazzola, and Amanda Smittle (Zach). He was especially fond of his great grandchildren Emilee, Madelynn and Lucas Cox and Kylie and Linkin Smittle. He leaves behind many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Marvin was raised in the small town of Hardin Illinois and attended Catholic school. As a young teen he joined the Air Force and worked as a jet engine mechanic. This brought him out to California which is where he made his home. After his military career he worked various other jobs until he landed a job as a truck driver for Southern Pacific. After the closure of Southern Pacific he began driving trucks for Sysco food delivery service. He loved this job and enjoyed driving to Hayward twice each night to pick up trailers to deliver to the Sacramento area. He retired from Sysco in 2003. He loved to recall his time as a child in Hardin and share his stories. Marvin also loved to travel, shop, tinker around the house and work on his amazing collections in his beautiful rose garden that boasted almost a hundred different types of roses. During holidays his home would be visited by many to see his elaborate lights and displays.
Due to unprecedented COVID19 restrictions, we encourage all to pay their respects at a viewing at Price Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 16th, 5pm-7pm at 6335 Sunrise Blvd. Citrus Heights, CA 95610. There will be a private graveside service on July 20th at Roseville Cemetery.
The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) or Suncrest Hospice.
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