Marvin LeRoy Gesell

Marvin LeRoy Gesell, age 86, died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

Born June 22, 1930 in Klemmes Corner, he was the son of the late LeRoy and Elsie (Lee) Gesell. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and remained a proud Marine to the end.

Marvin was retired, having worked for many years with the Local #18 International Union of Operating Engineers as a bulldozer operator, and had also farmed in Franklin County all his life. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Klemmes Corner; a lifetime member of the St. Leon Post #464 of the American Legion; as well as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

Besides Estelle A. (Schoettelkotte), his devoted wife of 61 years, survivors include four children, Darrell L. Gesell of Maineville, Ohio, Brenda K. (William) Goff of Belvidere, Ill., Douglas A. (Jackie) Gesell of Brookville and Christopher M. Gesell of Klemmes Corner; two grandchildren, Neil (Stacie) Brown and Britney Gesell; one great-grandson, Paxton Brown; two sisters, Marlene Sloneker of Hamilton, Ohio and Elaine (Don) Smith of Brookville; a brother Herbert N. (Karen) Gesell of West College Corner.

Rev. Ladona Webb, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church officiated the funeral services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 6, at the church. Burial with full military graveside honors by the St. Joseph Post #464 of the American Legion, followed in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or the St. Joseph Post #464 of the American Legion. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gesell family. To sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit