Marvin O. Roberts Jr., aka Sarge
Marvin O. Roberts Jr., aka Sarge, age 84, passed away on April 1, 2021 at Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, Oklahoma City, after a hard-fought battle with cardiovascular disease and pulmonary embolisms.
Marvin was born on January 22, 1937 in Ft. Worth, Texas, the only child of Marvin Sr. and Ruby Roberts. As a young child, Marvin and his mother moved to Oklahoma City where she raised her precocious "Sonny Boy" as a single mother.
In 1954 at the age of 17, Marvin enlisted in the Army. After training and assignments on bases in the United States, Japan, Korea, and attending the United States Airborne School, Marvin was transferred to the Panama Canal Zone. During his time in Panama, he served on the President's Hundred Rifle Team and as an instructor at the Jungle Operations Training Center. He trained the Texas A&M University Army ROTC rifle team for six months before being shipped to Vietnam. Marvin served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a platoon sergeant and platoon leader in the 173rd Airborne Brigade and was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Presidential Unit Citation, and many other medals and commendations earned for his dedication and bravery.
It was during this happy time in Panama that he met and married his beloved wife, Mirna Elena Munoz-Villalaz. They married in 1963 and had two daughters, Ivette Lee and Karen Elena. In 1971, the family moved to Shawnee, where Marvin completed his 20 years of military service and retired from the Army. He then obtained his master plumber's license and worked as a plumber for many years.
Marvin was a brave and loyal soldier, as well as a devoted and loving husband and father. He is survived by his daughters Ivette Lee Dorsey, Karen Elena Lane, and her husband Travis Lane. He is preceded in death by his dear wife, Mirna. His daughters will always cherish the time and love he gave to his family, his passion for cooking, creativity, countless fishing, and hunting excursions, his one of a kind larger than life personality, wit, unique sense of humor, and compassion. He will be missed more than can be expressed with words, there is only one thing left to say, if everyone were fortunate enough to have a father like Marvin O. Roberts Jr., the world would be a better place.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 1, at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 632 N. Kickapoo Ave, Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Posted online on April 28, 2021