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Marlin Alva Field

September 9, 1925 - September 28, 2017

Marlin Alva Field, 92, of Hillsdale, went to be with his Lord on September 28, 2017. He was born in Callao Missouri to Homer and Flossie (Canada) Field on September 9, 1925.

Marlin devoted his career to education. At the age of 21, Marlin assumed the teaching duties at the one-room school he had attended.

Marlin later received a bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State College, where he graduated first in his class. On February 13, 1949, while both were students, Marlin and Lois Wendt married. Marlin received a master's degree in political science from the University of Missouri.

From 1956 to 1973, Marlin taught political science at Lake Michigan College, where he became chair of his department and president of the teacher's union. In 1974, Marlin received a Master's degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University and began librarian duties at Waldron Public Schools. Marlin was the librarian at Hillsdale Davis Middle School from 1976 until retiring in 1986.

Marlin wrote four books tracing his and his wife's genealogy. He also wrote his autobiography.

Marlin was a short-wave radio enthusiast. At various times, the North American Shortwave Association recognized Marlin as the top "DXer" in the United States, having heard and verified broadcasts from the most countries (over 200).

Marlin enjoyed serving on the Hillsdale County Board of Canvassers and the Hillsdale Housing Commission.

Marlin is predeceased by a sister, Doris Stackhouse. Marlin is survived by Lois, his beloved wife of 68 years; by his sister Catherine Llewellyn of Macon Missouri; by his children Marla (Jay) Hutchinson of St. Joseph, Michigan, Gary (Dolly) Field of Williamston, Michigan, and Kenneth (Rafaela) Field of Spokane, Washington; and by 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Marlin Field will be Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 2:00 PM, at the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale with Dr. Thomas Burke officiating. Interment will take place at Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, MI. Visitation is Saturday, September 30 from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Marlin's memory to St. Jude Children's Hospital or Ronald McDonald House.



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Sunday, October 1, 2017
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