Marvin C. Kistler, 83, of Allentown, died Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Eleanor R. (Best) Kistler. The couple celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.

Born in Andreas, March 7, 1929, Marvin was the son of the late Oscar Kistler and Blanche (Kemmerer) Weirbach. He was the stepson of the late James Weirbach. He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Marvin was employed at Mack Trucks Test Center for 30 years before retiring. He also was a former employee of Kuhns & Anthony Paving.

Active in the life of his community, Marvin was a member of the Antique Automotive Club of America, a life member of the Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club and Wescosville Fire Co. A friend to all, his interests included hunting, fishing, antiquing and car collecting. Marvin was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Neffs.

Survivors: In addition to his loving wife, Eleanor; daughter, Debra Eck of Pemberton, NJ; son, Rodney Kistler and his wife, Becky, of Kempton; grandchildren, Jennifer McNeely, Zachary Kistler; sister, Miriam Fry; predeceased by siblings, Allen Kistler, Dorothy Anthony, and, Katherine Bittner.

Services: Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc., 4906 Route 309, Schnecksville with the Rev. Thomas N. Thomas officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Union Church Cemetery, Neffs.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Union U.C.C. Memorial Fund and/or the International Myeloma Foundation both in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box # 196, Schnecksville, PA 18078-0196.

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Memories of Marv

Walt & Karen Nowak    01-13-2013

I have known Marv since I was a young man working at Mack at Mack as a student. He was one of the mechanics that I always wanted to work with. He could teach you stuff in his easy manner and made it fun to work with him. I remember climbing the blue mountain on 309 in an old R model and he was one of the mechanics that would let us kids drive. He was teaching me to shift. I would shift one stick and he would shift the other. He always would pay for my lunch when we stopped at the various dinners in the area and everyone knew him. One day we took a side trip to his home and he showed my the fantastic rifle that was made for him during his days in Korea. He showed me where he grew up in Andreas. One day as we tested on 895 I spotted a Hudson pickup by one of the garages for a coal hauler that existed in those days. I tried to buy it, but my parents did not think I should do it. I am happy that I was able to keep in contact with Marv through my friendship with Rod. It was always great when Marv was there when we were racing and had a good finish. I am so glad that he was able to enjoy the fact that I was finally able to get a Hudson, but I sure wish we would have went for a ride. I will always remember the way he would say " what the f..." in his jovial dutchy accent. He was a good man which is all I can say. Marv, I will miss you!

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John and Margy Kane and Family    01-14-2013

Marv was a great next door neighbor and friend.
Our condolences to Ellie,Rodney,Becky,Debra and the grandchildren.
Always there to help and tell a great story Marv lived a great life and fought a couragous battle
to keep him with us.I believe it was time for God to get some work done so he asked Marv to come home and give him a hand. We all lost a wonderful friend to the ages.

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