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Marvin was a wonderful person and precious friend. Here are some of the thoughts that were shared at his memorial service that testify of the type of person he was:
“He gave me an opportunity that no one else gave to me…and I will never forget it.” --Nason Lui
“He was a ray of hope and encouragement when things got tough.” --George Peintner
“Dr. Wilson was elite - he believed in doing what was right. He was one of the most remarkable men I ever met. My dream is to see his dream continue.” --John Matalone
“He said to me, ‘There comes a time when people will look at the color of your skin and not give you the respect you deserve and I do not want you to practice this way.’” --Joseph D. Johnson
“He never turned down a request that I can remember. When I think of him, I smile…Human Being Emeritus. Marvin, well done, good and faithful servant.” --Kevin C. Eichner
~ Wayne McDaniel - February 10, 2020
We just attended Marvin’s most moving & inspirational memorial service. What preparation went into the planning! A truly fitting tribute to a remarkable man.
~ Gordon & Pam Schmid - January 25, 2020
There are seldom people who cross your path during a lifetime and from that first encounter you know they are special. We were blessed and privileged to have known Marvin and be able to call him a great friend. Always a gentleman, he donated his time, his knowledge, wisdom and much more. His huge smile, enthusiasm and warm laughter are etched in our memories and will not be forgotten. He was our mentor, advisor, teacher, go-to guy, a trustworthy and true friend who we will miss deeply. We will keep his memory in our hearts, our comfort being that we have eternal life through our Lord Jesus. Thank you so much Marvin for all you have given and for enriching our lives, and thank you so much Lela and family for sharing Marvin with us. We love you, pray for you and are here for you.
Gary Lobb, Perry, KS
Susan Welsh, The Netherlands
~ Gary Lobb - January 25, 2020
I had the pleasure if meeting Dr. Wilson at Kaw Valley Bank in 2000. We also were on the Toepka Networking Council together for a few years. I always enjoyed our conversations about supplements, sports and life. In 2010 when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease Dr. Wilson was always asking about tests being ran and offering his medical opinion which I appreciated so much from a trusted friend and physician. He continued to ask and monitor my condition in the years that followed. My heart was heavy when I saw he had passed.
I send my deepest condolences to his family. He was so proud of all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
~ Brea Black - January 25, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Marvin's passing...Always a kind and courteous man to our family. Always enjoyed his visits when coming to Ottawa. He will be greatly missed!
~ Mark & Melinda Gifford - January 22, 2020
Reflecting on Dr. Wilson’s sweet and generous spirit. Pray God’s strength and peace keep you during this season of bereavement.
Herman & Betty Norwood , Ottawa, KS
~ Herman & Betty Norwood - January 21, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss, fond memories of growing up with Devin and Chris. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
~ Marta Hobrock-Howard - January 21, 2020
My heartfelt sympathies go to Marvin's wife and family. He will be missed. Growing up on King Street in Ottawa, KS brings back many happy memories for me. Marvin's parents lived on the corner; his brother John & family lived across the street; the Harvey's, the Garcia's and my loving grandparents, Julia & Jose Cortez were part of that small community. Everyone knew everyone...everyone looked out for everyone and many, many happy memories were built among that diverse community. Marvin was the first of many young adults living on that street to finish high school and move on to college. We were all so very happy and proud of him as were his parents. That small community that lived on King Street has changed since the late 40's, 50's and 60's, but the Wilson's were pillars of that small community! Marvin graduated High School with my sister Carolina. She went into nursing while he pursued medical school. He will be missed and I feel like I've lost a big brother. I will forever be grateful for knowing him and his family. No words can ease the pain of such a great loss, but I sincerely hope that your grief is sustained by knowing that he is remembered.
~ Cristina Larios-Meharry - January 20, 2020
My best memories of Marvin Wilson is how he absolutely made me feel that he was genuinely glad to see me whenever we saw one another over the years. I was Always welcomed and important whether in a Business, Medical meeting/appointment or home visit with him and Lela and Family. For this I’m grateful God had our paths cross.
~ Abuena King - January 20, 2020
The Family of
Sorry For Your Loss
With Deepest Sympathy
Those we Love don’t go away, they Walk beside us every day, Unseen, Unheard, but always near, Still Loved, Still Missed and Very Dear
The Montgomery’s (Omaha NE)
~ Michael & Beverly Montgomery - January 20, 2020
My Condolences, Peace and Blessings to all. Being a part of the family brings memorable memories and activities over the years. I am forever indebted and available to assist you in any way.
Larry J. Mack, Sir.
~ Larry Mack - January 20, 2020
Karen; I am sorry to hear of Marvin's passing. I remember you both during our high school days.
~ Carolyn Christie Woodard - January 19, 2020
We were always proud to have been at OU with him and followed his career through the years. He certainly made a difference in many ways!
Sad to learn. God bless his family!
~ Wayne and Betty Angell - January 19, 2020
My memories of getting to know Marvin from 7th grade thru high school and beyond. It has been a true blessing - he was so kind and good and sweet person to be around. I am glad that our paths crossed in our lifetimes. The Peace of the Lord be with him and his family, always. Great Memories. - Naomi
~ Naomi Dengel Hopkins - January 19, 2020
I was very sad to learn of Marvins passing. I was fortunate to be the first salesperson to be hired at KTPK and spent almost 20 years promoting and selling advertising for the company for the company under several managers and owners including Marvin as well as others including Bob Bundy, Howard ?, and an accountant Walt Cobler. We went thru several owners including myself. I enjoyed my time with them from 74 to 98. The main GM was H. Pat Powers who trained me and was the man who helped me succeed, He passed away recently also.
Marvin and his brother in law were the ones who started the group and Topeka there was room for a modern country radio station to succeed.
~ Phil Tysinger - January 18, 2020
Fellow members of my Ottawa High School Class of 1958 have remembered Dr. Wilson as a sterling athlete, and as an enormously principled and honorable man, a man among men, a legendary tribute that has unfortunately gone out of style. They also remember the warm and sociable generosity of the Wilson family here in Ottawa during several generations of American history when our nation's black citizens were put to unusually severe tests of their humanity and sheer survivability. May the whole family be forever blessed, as they surely are today by the cherished memory of their great and beloved friend and relative. With them, the rest of us mourn his passing. Even so, as St. Paul the Apostle said, let us "not grieve as those without hope."
~ David A Lee - January 17, 2020
Marvin and I go way back! Marvin graduated from Ottawa High School, the same year I graduated from Ottawa University. The summer of 1957 we were hired on as laborers by the construction company building a large addition to the Williamsburg High School. Our toughest job was the mixing of concrete and moving it via wheelbarrow to the point of use. Hard work, and enjoyable, especially when the paycheck was issued. We drove daily from Ottawa to Williamsburg and return.
As an Ottawa native I knew Marvin's parents and his brother, John.
Was able to visit with Marvin over the years, primarily at Ottawa University Braves Hall of Fame functions.
Marvin was a great athlete, and one of the finest persons I have known.
My condolence to the entire family.
Rest in Peace.
G. Larry Larkin
OU Class of 1956
~ G. Larry Larkin - January 16, 2020
As teammates on the Ottawa University track and basketball teams Marvin and I became great friends for life! He was a talented athlete and outstanding person!
My condolences to the Wilson family.
~ Dave Owen - January 16, 2020
Excuse my language, but ain't nobody perfect..but Marvin was close to perfect..he always had a measured response, was enthusiastic..just looked the part of an Olympic athlete/ coach/team owner. His thoughts were measured, his speech gracious..the kind of man the world needs more of, the example more men need to observe. Yes, Nori and I will be there on that last Sat of January to honor a man who led a significant life..thanks Marvin. Dhale Ottawa, Ks
~ Dave Hale - January 16, 2020
I remember the 1st time I met Dr W. I was n S-V with a broken jaw. He came in to do a history. I was upset because I could not talk to him but I never forget him. Saw him about 3 yrs ago n Dr Lui's office
& told him about that meeting. He told me he was new to Topeka at that time. Still very nice.
~ Bolivia Last Name Thompson - January 15, 2020
I’ve known Marvin-Wilson since 1973 when he introduced me to racquetball. He would beat me, a friend, with ‘no mercy’! And when he visited in Ohio, he asked to meet the club pro and beat him as well with ‘no mercy’ LOL MARVIN was older than me, I considered him my hero, because he succeeded expectations at everything he did. Rest In Peace my friend.
~ Earl Kidd - January 15, 2020
Marvin was a wonderful man. I met him and his wife when I was going through chemo for breast cancer. He helped me with supplements to coat my stomach from all the chemo. I stopped in occasionally and visited him through the years. Marvin will always have a place in my heart. Rest in peace Marvin. Thank you for everything.
~ Barb Montgomery - January 15, 2020
A life well lived, what a beautiful tribute. Thinking of you all as you celebrate the life of Marvin. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service but Heather and Lela, know that you are in my prayers.
~ Nancy Alexander - January 15, 2020
Forty-five years ago we met a handsome, intelligent, kind and joyful man,
when Pat became a part of the KTPK Country 107 FM family. Marvin was not only a healer,
and surgeon but an entrepreneur. Our lives were blessed for having known him and the friendship we made.
We have you, and all of Marvin's loved one in our prayers, Lela
~ Jerry Powers - January 15, 2020
Our hearts were broken when we heard of Marvin's passing. We loved and respected him dearly. We send our prayers to you Lela and all your family. We regret not being in Kansas and able to give our heart felt regards to you in person.
Love Dale and Tanya
~ Dale and Tanya Salts - January 14, 2020
I worked with Dr. Wilson years ago when he was providing consulting services for a local insurance company. I enjoyed many good conversations and laughs during that time. Later, he treated my mother when she as extremely ill here in Topeka. He assured me he wouldn’t let “anything bad happen to my mama”! I totally trusted him and she improved under his watchful eye. I will miss his smile and seeing him at church. Until we see each other again Doc.....
~ Vcki Haverkamp - January 14, 2020
Marvin was a wonderful man! Living on the north side, we both attended Lincoln School and graduated in the OHS class of 1956. He accomplished a lot during his life. It was a pleasure to know him.
~ Liz Harder - January 14, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I worked many years when he practiced as a surgeon. He was a great surgeon and most of all he was very respectful of all the nurses. I don’t remember any time he lost his temper at the staff. He had a great smile and used all the time. He will be missed. Barb O'Connor RN
~ Barbara OConnor - January 14, 2020
We will never meet a kinder, more caring, more compassionate man than Dr. Wilson.
~ Gordon & Pam Schmid - January 14, 2020
Dr. Marvin and Lela were members of our Sunday school class and always sat near us during third service in the Mulvane building. We always chatted and shared handshakes and will surely miss him and his ever present smile. As believers in our LORD and SAVIOR we know we shall meet him again. Sending our prayers and thoughts to Lela and her family during this sad time. Doug and Nina Goss
~ Doug and Nina Goss - January 14, 2020
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Marvin left a footprint in many peoples lives and will be forever remembered for his encouragement to many. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
~ Sharon Wheeler - January 14, 2020
From the day we first met in the early seventies at the old medical arts building located where the Topeka library is now Marvin has been a good friend. During the early years of his medical practice I sometimes met him on the stairs at one of the hospitals as he sprinted from floor to floor to see a patient, always smiling and eager to share a word of encouragement. Over the years our paths crossed many times as Marvin pursued other interest outside of medicine and we shared ideas with each other over lunch or when ever we saw each other. I am going to miss him being here, but have the assurance through our Lord Jesus Christ that we will meet again.
~ James Lord - January 14, 2020
Marvin was such a kind and gracious man. He was always dreaming and trying to help others by his example. His sense of humor and kindness drew anyone who came to know him, and made you want to be better. I will miss his banter and friendship.
Our hearts go out to Lela and the family. Our prayers are with you always.
~ Charlie & Janine Burch - January 14, 2020
I will always remember my cousin Marvin as a very accomplished, intelligent, great athlete, military veteran, and god loving man. He lead his life with real purpose receiving some of the highest scholastic/athletic awards a person could ever receive. Marvin spent numerous hours on the phone with me talking about our Family History and provided me old family photographs to put in our Wilson Family History Book. Marvin was as a very successful businessman, but very few probably knew that he served our country as a Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. We are so very proud of him to have served our country in being a Medical Servant for our young men and women who served our county.
Marvin, your service to God, Family and our Country will go down in History. You've made the WILSON family extremely proud.
Job well done my dear Cousin.
Much Love, Rick & Virginia Wilson
~ Ricky Wilson - January 14, 2020
Dr. Marvin Wilson was an influential and inspiring human being. He was gracious beyond measure! I'm thankful that the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to meet him when I was a young man. He inspired me in many ways and those memories are still with me today. My condolences to his family and friends.
~ Karim Hazim - January 14, 2020
I am so terribly sad to hear that my old friend Marvin has died. We go back to the very earliest time in our lives and went to school together all the way through college. I really loved that guy and we had so many great times playing football and baseball together. I will celebrate the wonderful life he lived and remember him always. Larry Day.
~ Larry Day - January 13, 2020
Marvin was a tremendous giving and loving man! We are so happy he crossed our paths. Prayers surround his family!
~ Dave and Kim Matthews - January 13, 2020
I just can't find the words to share with Marvin's family. I know their grief and pain will never go away and I hope the prayers of many will be felt. Love you all.
~ Patricia Wilson - January 13, 2020
Marvin was a special person who shared his wisdom and Love with his immediate family and friends. He made the Wilson's proud in every way,and dedicated his Life to helping and treating patients with care and professionalism.He will be missed by many,and leaves a legacy as a biblical brother and Kingdom man.
God bless the family,and please receive our heartfelt condolences for your loss
~ Michael Wilson - January 13, 2020
Dr. Marvin Wilson, Marvin to me, was such a beautiful man. He always had a smile on his face and a hug for me, and I always had a hug for him, too. I can literally say that Marvin saved my life. He was on the cutting edge of medicine and I will always be so grateful for him and his knowledge.
He will be greatly missed, not only because of his knowledge, but because he was such a one of a kind, endearing, loving man.
Lela, my heart is breaking for you and all of the family as I know Marvin will be so dearly missed. My heart is comforted knowing that he is with our Father, is pain free and I rejoice in the knowledge that we will all be reunited again one day!
I am so blessed that I was able to know Marvin, both personally and professionally (medically and in business). My life has been enriched by knowing such a wonderful man. Thanks be to God for the time on earth I was allowed to share with him. I love you Marvin!!!
~ Jimmie Anne Robertson - January 13, 2020
Dr. Marvin Wilson was always just Marvin to me. We both were from Ottawa, he was my Doctor(at one time), we worked together, and most of all he was a true friend. I am praying for God's strength to help you through your loss. Lela if I can be of any help to you please know that I am here for you and the family. The world has lost a truly wonderful man. Dear Marvin, you will be missed!
Buddies from Ottawa
Joana (Clayborne) White
~ JOANNA WHITE - January 13, 2020
Marvin was always a ray of sunshine! He treated Joy and I like family, always with a hug and a smile we will miss him greatly! We look forward to seeing him again where all pain is gone!
Love Greg and Joy
~ Greg and Joy Robinson - January 13, 2020
This hurts my heart. What a tremendous man. Please accept our sympathy. Tim and Renee Jury
~ Renee Jury - January 13, 2020
I have so many good memories with Marvin. He was a client, a friend, a mentor, an inspiration, a source of information. He believed in people. I cannot believe he is gone. I will miss him very much.
~ Wayne McDaniel - January 13, 2020
He was a great man. Brilliant. Never condescending. Caring. The Wilson family and Topeka have lost a great man... Heaven has welcomed a prince. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys
~ Leon Conner - January 13, 2020
Iron sharpens iron one man sharpens another.
I was very blessed to have Dr. Marvin Wilson as my mentor. To the Wilson family you are in my prayers.
~ Don Garst - January 13, 2020
Marvin is with the Lord but his legacy remains. In high school he was voted one of the most popular and was a football and basketball player at Ottawa, KS. Then Marvin went on to medical school and became a doctor. Sorry he is gone and our prayers of God's grace to Lela and children. Alice Huyett
~ Lloyd and Alice Huyett - January 13, 2020
The OHS class of 1958 wants to extend our sympathy to Dr. Wilson's family. We all remember what an outstanding person he was at OHS. One that had the respect of all of us.
The OHS Class of 1958
~ Cora Kunard - January 13, 2020
We have been blessed for many years to sit directly behind Marvin and Lela in church. Each Sunday we looked forward to visiting about health, family and sports. He especially liked to tease Nancy. Rest in peace good and faithful servant. Our prayers go out to Lela and the Wilson family. Gene & Nancy Wheeler
~ Gene and Nancy Wheeler - January 13, 2020
Kathleen & I have lost a man who made us better in every way by his presence. His smile, his touch, his encouragement, edification, kindness, courage, beliefs, faith, world view & living in his values , were experienced any and every time we were in his presence. His love of His Lord & Savior was expressed in a life we witnessed of what discipleship and serving the kingdom is meant to be for the glory of his King. Our hearts are full of sorrow as we process this difficult time with his family and all those he impacted by a life well lived. But, knowing by his fruits that he was truly "IN CHRIST", then we believe as the Apostle Paul that for Marvin; "to live is loss but to die is gain." Our prayers and thoughts are with his beautiful wife and family. Please know, that because of his friendship and leadership example to us, he has left a portion of his legacy in our lives. May God cover you in His peace that "is beyond our understanding."
~ Dave & Kathleen HAMPTON - January 13, 2020
I will always remember what a caring person Dr. Wilson was when he was at Ottawa Sr. High School.
My sympathy is with his family.
~ Cora Kunard - January 13, 2020
A lovely man with a gentle smile, that seemed to belie great wit and charm. After greeting him at the North TBC door last year, I was blessed by his easy smile as he looked back one last time. Deepest sympathy to the family
~ Debra Senne - January 13, 2020
To the family of Dr Marvin Wilson,
Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. Marvin was a striking figure that made a big impression whether in his white coat at the office or simply in a social setting. I feel fortunate to have had the benefit of enjoying his & Lela’s presence and support in both settings. He never hesitated to offer a helping hand, kind word, knowing smile or professional guidance. MD extraordinaire! What a legacy he has left! The world was improved by his presence & the void he leaves is vast. Nonetheless because of who he was as a professional, friend, father and family man, memories of what he did & who he was will forever last! Love you Lela. Hoping you can find some comfort & peace during these difficult days in knowing you supported & provided strength to him until the end, understanding how many of us care and in your unyielding faith. Hugs!
In friendship & sympathy,
~ Pamela Johnson Betts - January 13, 2020
~ Stuart & Rachel Miller
Our prayers and love to Lela and family. Please know that if there is anything we can do to help ease your sorrow , we are certainly available. Marv was a wonderful person who had a smile that is unforgettable. He has traveled a road we all must travel and he is now free from pain and the trials of life. May the Lord keep you with his grace and mercy. Love and peace to you.
~ Otto and Glenda Vaughn - January 12, 2020
My memories of Marvin are from his visits with Lela to our large Sunday School class (Koinonia) at Topeka Bible Church. Marvin was a quiet man who listened attentively. He was always very distinguished looking. Marvin and Lela had a beautiful family that will be his legacy along with his successful medical career.
May he Rest In Peace with his savior in heaven.
~ Patrick Anderson - January 12, 2020
Dr. Wilson was my Hero,
He saved my life July 4th 1972 by doing surgery on my left leg from a gunshot injury,
I fathered 3 more beautiful children because of his unbelievable talent,,
He also treated my mother after she suffered a broken hip,,
RIP Sir ,,
Glenn Birdman, Hawks
~ Glenn Hawks - January 12, 2020
I only had the pleasure of meeting him one time at Myah’s high school graduation reception. He was very kind and I enjoyed our conversation. I send my condolences to the family in this very difficult time.
~ Karen Williams - January 12, 2020
I will always remember our fellowship on Valentine's day. It was such a joy to laugh and have fun. You will be missed and I will always be thankful for your down to earth spirit.
~ Desiree Myles - January 12, 2020
YOU HAVE DONE YOU JOB , NOW TAKE YOUR REST IN HEAVEN WE LOVE YOU , BUT GOD LOVE YOU THE MOST AND NEEDED YOU TO DO SOME WORK FOR HIM . I.M ON MY WAY CURSE
ALLEN AND BARBARA MCCLINTON
EAST ST.LOUIS ILLINOIS ,
[ DEBRA FATHER.]
~ allen mcclinton - January 12, 2020
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