marvin fuhs

Anchorage resident Marv Fuhs died July 28, 2009, following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 89.

His family wrote: "Marv was born in Clayton, Wis., and grew up during the Great Depression, helping his family survive as a young boy by collecting coal by the train tracks that had fallen off coal cars and by fishing to bring home food. He was always a great fisherman. "As we have recently seen, war is a time that truly tests men's character and honor. For Marv that was serving as an Army sergeant in World War II. He was part of the Ruhr Pocket offensive in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the bloodiest actions of the war that finally broke Hitler's back. Seeing a young German soldier run out of a house, Marv shot him. As they searched the house they discovered a mother and two young daughters. They decided to spend the night in the house, but Marv made it clear to his unit that the girls were not to be part of the spoils of war. During the night he awoke to find the mother covering him up with a blanket to keep him warm. He didn't find out until the next morning that the soldier he had shot was that mother's son. While Marv was proud of his service to his country, his experiences led him to reject war as a barbaric means of human relations. He opposed the Vietnam war and the Iraq war."

Getting out of the service, he married his sweetheart Helen, worked in the steel mills of Chicago and had his first son, Paul. The family moved to Saint Paul, Minn., where son David was born. One evening in 1957 Marv drove home in the Saint Paul rush-hour traffic and announced, "That's it, we are moving to Alaska." Six weeks later they packed up, drove the Alcan Highway and settled in Anchorage, where daughter Jane was born. Marv first worked as a union sheet-metal worker and later as a mechanical engineer, where he helped build the White Alice sites, City Hall, Hunt Building (now Atwood building), Arco building (now Conoco Phillips), Sullivan Arena and many rural schools. He coached youth hockey and continued to play hockey in the Senior League until he was 76 years old.

He was a member of Central Lutheran Church. Marv began writing poetry and prose in remembrance of his experiences growing up and working in Alaska. He was an active member of the Senior's Creative Writing Group and many of his works were published. Marv was a true family man and loved taking his family hunting and fishing.

Marv was preceded in death by his son David and his sisters, Hazel Fuhs and Dorothy Welch. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen; children, Paul and Jane; grandchildren, Dr. Janelle and Justine Dubbins, Karl Hugo, Dylan Fuhs, Jerry Khongsuk, and Hazel Fuhs; great grandchildren, Lula Hugo and Johnny Khongsuk, daughters-in-law, Karen Malcolm, Kristin Ryan; sons-in-law, Jim Dubbins and Troy Smith; sisters, Loretta McKay, Betty Early and Darlene Kelly, and brother, Norman Fuhs.

At Marv's request there will be no service. His ashes will be scattered at the family homestead near the Matanuska Glacier. He asked that anyone wanting to make a donation in his name should send it to the Alaska Food Bank, 2121 Spur Ave, Anchorage, 99501. Anyone wishing to write to the family in remembrance of Marv can send it to Fuhs Family, 1031 Cordova, Anchorage, 99501.