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Marvin L. White

Ellisville – Marvin L. White, 84, of rural Ellisville, passed away at 12:45 AM on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at his residence. He was born on August 2, 1934 in Ellisville, to Myron and Florence (White) White. He married Eva Lou Shields on June 6, 1954 in Cuba, IL, she survives.

Also surviving are five children, Victoria (Tim Walker) Harper of Vermont, IL, Michael (Roberta) White of Cuba, IL, Christina (Mark) Werland of Smithfield, Cynthia (Jon) La Salle of Canton, IL, and Bruce White of Ellisville; one brother, Myron Jack White of Canton, IL; seven grandchildren, Eric, Christopher, Marcus, Martin, Marlana, Misty, and C.R.; eight great-grandchildren; Kasi, Kandace, Austin, Andrew, Clayton, Casey, Colton, and Maci; and several nieces and nephews.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and two sisters.

Marvin graduated from Spoon River Valley as Valedictorian of the Class of 1952. He won an FFA Award as an Illinois State Farmer in 1952. He attended Boys State in 1951. He was active in sports all through high school, and Student Council President his senior year. He also attended Franklin Grade School and Western Illinois University.

Marvin lived his entire life on the family farm where he was born. His true passion in life was farming with his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Marvin also worked at the International Harvester Plant in Canton for 30 years, beginning in the Foundry, later running board hammers and steam hammers. He finished his final year at the Urbana, Ohio Plant, retired in 1985.

Per Marvin’s Wishes, there will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. A celebration of life may be held at a later date. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Jody Kovachevich

    Reply January 2, 2019 5:45 pm

    Eva Lou, Vicki, Mike, Christina, Cindy and Bruce. I am so sorry to her of Marvin’s passing. He was a great man, husband, and father. You all will be in my prayers.


  • Roberta

    Reply January 3, 2019 8:54 am

    He was a true hard worker , cared for his family , his cats , loved to take the grandkids in the combine . They helped him to drink his coffee! He was smart , witty , but had common sense … Hard to come by these days . Farming was his life . IH was his job ,but he always outworked everyone else . He had drive like no other man I ve known except, for my dad & brothers . Fond farewell my friend, & father in law . Until we meet again … Love

  • Allen & Clarice Blout

    Reply January 5, 2019 11:19 am

    Things have slowed a bit thanks to Sheila taking Allen in for his antibiotic IVs this afternoon which gives me time to do extras. We were SO SORRY to learn of Marvin. Darrell told us first. Please, we DO want to know when the celebration of life will be. That I DO NOT wish to miss. Of course, I only knew Marvin since Allen and I were married but he was ALWAYS easy to talk with and ALWAYS knew you. He certainly will be missed!

  • Gordon Young

    Reply January 7, 2019 9:45 pm

    I want to offer my condolences to Marvin’s family. I entered first grade at Franklin school; Marvin was three years older. I moved during my second grade year. I moved back to Ellisville, but not the Franklin school area. I saw Marvin and his brother this summer at the Ellisville school reunion. He was always friendly, as were his parents. I didn’t realize he was valedictorian of his class at Valley, president of his class and an FFA Illinois State Farmer. What a achiever and smart man.

    Gordon Kay Young

  • Jim and Debbie Melvin

    Reply January 10, 2019 10:54 am

    Our deepest sympathies to Eva Lou, Vicky, Mike and the whole family.

  • Sharon Bosserman

    Reply February 2, 2019 5:24 pm

    To all of Marvin’s family:
    My sympathies for your loss of a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend! Hugs to you Misty! Prayers that God gives you comfort when you remember Marvin.
    Sharon (Nebergall) Bosserman

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