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Marvin Lake

November 24, 1933 — January 14, 2020

Marvin  Clarence Lake, 86

Marvin  Clarence Lake, 86, of Kellogg, Idaho, passed away January 14, 2020 at the Shoshone Medical Center of Kellogg.  He was born November 24, 1933 in Spokane, Washington; Marvin was the son of James Adarile and Nancy Adaline (Graybill) Lake.

After the Lake family moved to the Benewah Valley in 1937, Marvin attended first through the fourth grades there.  He then attended Cataldo and Kingston schools before graduating from high school in 1952.

Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and served during the Korean Conflict in the signal corps at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines.  Marvin and two others were tasked with setting up another signal corps office in Bangkok, Thailand, and enjoyed sightseeing in that area.  He was honorably discharged in 1955.

Marvin was united in marriage to Janet on February 22, 1958 in Kellogg, Idaho.

Before his retirement, Marvin had worked in the cable television industry for many years and was co-owner and operator of TeleSystems of Kellogg.

Marvin served his community well and through the years had been a member of the Jaycees, Kellogg Planning and Zoning Committee, Habitat for Humanity, Kellogg Tree Committee, Shoshone County Noxious Weed  Committee, long time member of the Shoshone County Youth Accountability Board and was a member of the board of directors for the Staff House Museum. He had worked with the Boy Scouts of America in several different capacities, and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver award in 1982.

Marvin loved and enjoyed his family, local history, researching and documenting North Idaho one-room school houses, creating welded folk art sculpture, organizing family reunions, camping,  genealogy research, making Boy Scout neckerchief slides and refrigerator magnet “bugs”,  and inventing cable installation equipment, which he patented.

Marvin is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Janet, sons Ken (Karen), Rich (Sheila), and Gary (Joy); grandchildren Jessica, Christopher, Lindsay, Robert, Andrew, Eric, Amanda, Elizabeth and Cortney; twelve great-grandchildren;  sister Elaine; brothers Harvey and Robin; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins,  and a cherished exchange student, Hiroyasu Muta of Japan.  Marvin was preceded in death by his parents James and Nancy, sisters Phyllis, Frances and Marcia “Jeanne”, brothers James and Lyle, and grandson James.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11:00 A.M. at the Kellogg Funeral Chapel of Kellogg with Rev. Art Fleming officiating.  A reception will also be held at the Chapel following services.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to Hospice of North Idaho, 2290 W. Prairie Ave. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83815 or the Fuller Center for Housing, Box 338, Smelterville, Idaho 83868.

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Kellogg Funeral Chapel (Idaho)


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