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Marvin Burt Marcus

Marvin Burt Marcus, a welcoming presence at the minyanim at Beth Joseph and BMH-BJ, passed away Nov. 16, 2013, in Denver. Cantor Joel Lichterman officiated at the Nov. 17 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.

Mr. Marcus was born April 29, 1922, in Denver. Raised in New York, where he attended Yeshiva Eitz Chaim, he lived in Palestine in the 1930s and resided in St. Louis and Chicago.

Drafted in 1942, he helped build pontoon bridges and also served as an interpreter due to his fluent German. Mr. Marcus fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Bastogne, and arrived on Normandy Beach five days after D-Day.

A veteran of the Philippines, he received several combat decorations.

“Any movie you saw was not as bad as the real thing,” he used to tell people.

Mr. Marcus, who returned to Denver after the war, married Denver native Aileen Axler in 1950.

He worked as a manufacture’s representative in the Denver Merchandise Mart for many years.

Following his retirement in 1985, Mr. Marcus and his wife traveled extensively throughout the world and took several cruises.

Proficient in Hebrew and very knowledgeable about Judaism, he always extended a welcoming hand to newcomers at the minyan, helped them with the prayers and made them feel comfortable.

Mr. Marcus is survived by his wife Aileen; and two sons, Fred (Rosemary) Marcus of Brussels, Belgium, and Jeffry Marcus of Miami, Fla.

Contributions may be made to the charity of choice.

Copyright © 2013 by the Intermountain Jewish News

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