Marvin “Gus” Collinsworth

1928 - 2014


Marvin “Gus” Collinsworth

Feb. 22, 1928 — Jan. 13, 2014

Marvin “Gus” Collinsworth of Walla Walla and formerly of Milton-Freewater passed away on Jan. 13, 2014, at the age of 85 years. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be held on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will follow at the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in memory of Marvin “Gus” Collinsworth to the Wounded Warriors Project in care of the funeral home.

Marvin Leroy Collinsworth was born on Feb. 22, 1928, the son of Roy and Golda (Winters) Collinsworth in Enterprise, Ore. He attended area schools and graduated from Enterprise High School where he played football. Marvin enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country for 20 years. While in the service, Marvin married Helen Saroyan on Dec. 29, 1958, in Walla Walla. Upon his honorable discharge, he enrolled at Cal-State LA where he later graduated with a bachelor’s degree. It was during this time, Marvin worked for the California State Youth Authority until his retirement. The couple later settled in Milton-Freewater so Marvin could be closer to his family. It was while living in Milton-Freewater, Marvin received a request to go to work for the Washington State Youth Authority as a parole officer. He accepted and continued to work before finally retiring a second time. Marvin truly loved his wife Helen and became her caregiver for many years. He was a member of the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Milton-Freewater. Marvin enjoyed bowling, fishing, traveling in his RV and most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Helen of Walla Walla; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Bruce Block of Las Vegas; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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