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Marlin B. Kreighbaum

South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, USA
Death 19 Jun 2014 (aged 91)
Burial Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 131657028 · View Source
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PEORIA - Marlin B. Kreighbaum, 91, of Peoria, Ill., passed away at 1 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014.
Marlin was born on Jan. 19, 1923, to Bruce and Bernice (York) Kreighbaum in South Bend, Ind. He had two wives who preceded him in death, Audrey (Yarnell) Kreighbaum (1971), married 24 years with two children and Erna (Maibaum) Kreighbaum (1981), married for eight years.
He is survived by his wife, Helen (Demanes) Kreighbaum, whom he married on Oct. 23, 1982; his two children, Vicki (Al) Schoedel of Peoria, Ill., and Bill (Karen) Kreighbaum of Dallas, Texas; four stepchildren, Lynnette (Michael Fleming) Demanes of Peoria, Ill., Steve (Debbie Lampert) Demanes of East Peoria, Ill., Kim (Patrick) McSherry of Peoria, Ill., and Mark Demanes of Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Marlin graduated with honors from South Bend Central High School in 1941 and earned a National Honor Society membership.
In 1941, he moved to Peoria, Ill., to work for R.G. LeTourneau in the photo lab. In December 1942 he entered the U. S. Army, at Scott Field, Ill., and continued basic training in Atlantic City for the Army Air Corps. He was later sent to Dale Mabry Field in Florida as a photographer. In 1943, Marlin was selected to study basic engineering in a specialized training program at Rhode Island State University. Later he went to the 78th Division at Camp Pickett (Virginia) as a rifleman, and onto the 280th Engineer Combat Battalion at Camp McCoy (Wisconsin) in 1944. Marlin's battalion joined the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium with General Patton's 3rd Army, where he served as a photographer and serviceman. In 1945, the 280th, along with the Ninth Army, crossed the Rhine River at Wesel, Germany, earning Marlin three battle stars for service in ETO.
After World War II, Marlin came back to Peoria, working various jobs in advertising. He rose to president of Ross Advertising, then vice president of Ruppman Advertising. He left Ruppman in 1974 to form his own business, Mark IV Advertising and was named "Ad man of the year" in 1994 by the Peoria Advertising and Selling Club. He retired from Mark IV in January 1997.
He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, a Shriner, and a Jester. In retirement he served as President of the 280th Engineer Combat Battalion Association for 20 years. He served as a director for the Boy Scouts Council, United Way of Peoria, and Rivinius. He also was a member of United Presbyterian Church of Peoria for over 30 years.
Over the years, Marlin enjoyed maintaining, organizing, and archiving his war photographs. Marlin's humor was his lifeline and he enriched all he was around with his laughter and jokes.
Funeral services for Marlin will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at United Presbyterian Church. Pastor Patricia Stetson-Warning will officiate. Visitation will be held at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria on Sunday, June 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. and also a half hour prior to the service at church. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or The Greater Peoria Honor Flight.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on June 21, 2014

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