Marvin Way Passes Away at 92

Marvin Way

Marvin Dean Way passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2022 at his home in Stanfield at the age of 92.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1929 in Heppner, the ninth of 10 children born to Daniel and Iva Vinson Way of Lexington.

Marvin enlisted in the Army after high school and was an MP in the Korean Conflict. Marvin took over the Way family farm in Lexington after returning from active duty, where he grew hay and raised cattle. He married Norma Ann Robinson on Sept. 1, 1961, and their family grew. They raised their three children on the farm in Lexington, a daughter, Lou Ann and two sons, Bruce and Mark. He worked at the Kinzua Corporation lumber mill in Heppner and for ODOT until his retirement.

Marvin was a member of the Oddfellows IOOF lodge and the VFW. Marvin enjoyed the outdoors throughout his life, and many a family member has a wooden clock that he skillfully crafted just for them. He was an avid fan of youth sports and could, more often than not, be found attending a local high school sporting event. He excitedly looked forward to the yearly Vinson/Way family reunion, where one could hear his boisterous laugh and many a reminiscent tale about some member of the family’s exploits. He never met a stranger he didn’t already know.

He is survived by his daughter, Lou Ann Way of Vancouver, Wash. and her son, James; and his two sons, Bruce and his wife Charlene of Boise, Idaho and their daughters, McKenzie and Morgan, and Mark and his wife Robin of Stanfield.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his brothers and sisters, June, Stanley, Maxine, Zelma, Joseph, Claude, Bertin, Kenneth and Asa.

As per Marvin’s wishes, no funeral services will be held, and any gathering in his memory will be withheld until COVID restrictions are relaxed. Because of his love of the outdoors, his family suggests that you plant a tree in his memory.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.