Marvin was born on February 7, 1932 in Montezuma, KS to Albun and Mabel (Miller) Deckert. He grew up on a farm near Burdett, KS.
After graduating high school he attended Garden City Junior College where he was named All-American Basketball Player; he then was recruited to the University of Kansas by Dr. Phog Allen and played on the 1953 basketball team that competed for the National Title. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Kansas. Marvin began his career at Prudential as a Mortgage Loan Appraiser and helped it develop many areas in eastern Jackson County, including Noland Road. He later went into the building and development business. He married the love of his life, Nancy Atkinson, in 1963.
In his spare time, he enjoyed flying and golfing. He was a qualified multi-engine pilot and enjoyed flying his Cessna 310 throughout the United States and Canada. Marvin was also one of the original members of the Wolf Creek Golf Club. He developed many friendships over his time there that are still important today.
In accordance with Marvin’s wishes a memorial service will not be held. He would like each of you to remember him as he was when you knew him best. Cremation is planned. A private gathering to remember his life will be held. He is survived by his siblings Marcia Ryder of Olathe, KS, Ron Deckert and wife Barbara of Boise, ID, Jim Deckert and wife Dianne of Kansas City, MO, Ken Deckert of Larned, KS; plus several nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy in 2009. Personal condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.