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Marvin B. Lieberman

June 28, 1928 June 26, 2016
Marvin B.  Lieberman
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Obituary for Marvin B. Lieberman

Marvin, also affectionately known as “Marvelous Marvin” or “Marv”, died peacefully on June 26, 2016. He was 87 years old. Marvin was born June 28, 1928 to Herman and Sophia (Winokyr) Lieberman in Chicago, Illinois.

As a man with a positive attitude and beautiful smile, Marvin lived by the motto, “Make it Happen.” As someone who practiced what he preached, Marvin inscribed this saying each morning into his hand with an ink pen, just to remind himself and others to MIH! Marv would also tell folks to, "Just do it" or JDI.

As a proud US Veteran in the 7th Calvary, Marvin served as a Medic and Physical Therapy Tech in World War II. He received the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Marvin enjoyed sharing war stories including one about how he treated General McArthur’s son for first aid while in the Army.

Marvin spent the early part of his life in Chicago, Illinois with his wife Marian, and five children. Marvin received his education from the Illinois Institute of Technology -- Metallurgical Engineering and he worked for Security Alloys Co. Inc. Some of Marvin's professional accomplishments included working for the United States Air Force as a Consultant for high temperature alloys and other scrap metals, conducting training programs under the direction of Air Force Logistics Command and serving as an instructor for scrap metal identification seminars throughout the world. From the early sixties to the early nineties, Marvin worked at Samuel G. Keywell in Detroit. He was a Metallurgist with an extensive background in the field of stainless and high temperature nickel, cobalt and titanium alloys. Marvin was very talented in identifying and testing different types of alloys and he traveled the world conducting seminars on the alloy industry. Marvin also taught Dale Carnegie courses on public speaking. Marvin’s last job title was, “Vice President.”

Marv lived life to the fullest and some of his joys included spending time with his family, playing with his beloved Maltese dog, Max, collecting antiques and authentic works of art including bronze statues, Native American art and oil paintings from the Southwest, tinkering with cars in his garage (including his Trans Am and T-Birds), helping friends and family with their car repairs, perfecting his photography skills and making home videos, Marv enjoyed music by the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Enya, he enjoyed hosting family barbecues in his backyard and family outings to Frankenmuth. As a "man about town" who had a good sense of style, Marvin always dressed for success in his favorite dry cleaned khakis and button down shirts even into his retirement! A modern man of technology, Marvin bought his first Apple computer in the mid 1970’s and he prided himself on staying abreast of the latest and greatest technological advances when it came to electronics. Even most recently, Marvin loved working on his computer and connecting through email with family and friends from all over the world.

Marvin was a firm believer in taking care of his mind, body and soul. As a young man, Marvin received his black belt in karate and he continued his pursuit of staying fit through daily workouts at the Beverly Hills Athletic Club. Marv also enjoyed playing handball and competing in racquetball tournaments. Marvin was an avid reader on topics including self-improvement, psychology, relationship building and the power of positive thinking. When Marvin found a book he enjoyed, he would often buy a dozen copies and pass them out to friends and family with a handwritten note inside the cover. Marvin valued education but was proud to boast that he was “self-made” and “self-taught” in the area of metals and alloys and referred to himself as “The Maven” in his field. With youthful curiosity and a sense of wonder, Marvin often enjoyed asking people, “What’s your story?” because he felt that everyone had a story worth sharing and he loved listening. As a people person, Marvin was somewhat of a private man, but with his kind smile and warm heart, he could strike up a conversation with a stranger. Socially, Marvin enjoyed spending time with friends he made while at the Memory Club, the guys from his Men’s group and the many kind and loving individuals he met during spiritual retreats, gatherings and those from the Julia group. As a spiritual man, Marvin embraced the wisdom and teachings of Catholicism and Judaism. Most recently, he enjoyed attending church with his good friend, Don. Those who knew Marvin best will remember one of his favorite things to say was, "You are a blessing!" Marvin also loved to travel and would use his time away to learn the history, geography, and culture of destinations such as Las Vegas, NV, Sedona, AZ, Santa Fe, NM, Honolulu, Hawaii, Tokyo, Japan, Alaska, South America, Turks and Caicos and many places throughout Europe.

Marvin’s family would like to thank the wonderful and dedicated staff atThe Heritage of Southfield and Brookdale North of Farmington Hills, which were both home to Marvin. Marvin’s family would also like to extend a very special thank-you to his devoted caregiver of many years, Miss Jasmine Boss, who went above and beyond her call of duty to make sure Marvin felt special and loved.

Marvin is survived by his ex-wife, June (Smitt) Lieberman, children Carol Friend, Leonard Lieberman, Gary Lieberman and Debbie Miller; six grandchildren, Shawn, Kelly, Jennifer (Jared), Miles, Sophie, and Emily; one great-grandson, Brady. Marvin is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marian (Juskiewicz) Lieberman, of nearly 50 years and his daughter, Kathy Williams.

Family will receive friends for visitation at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) in Clawson, Michigan on Wednesday, July 6th, 4-8 pm. A memorial service will take place on July 7th at 11 am at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home. A committal service will follow immediately afterwards at White Chapel Cemetery along with a luncheon.

Memorials appreciated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Michigan---


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