Marlyn “Marlin” William Boruff died August 27, 2018, at his home in Venice, Florida. He was born in Eliza Township, Mercer County, Illinois, on his parents’ farm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to any veterans’ organization, the Noble Essley Museum in Aledo where he donated WWII material, or Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice, FL 34285, or the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church.

Marlyn “Marlin” William Boruff died August 27, 2018, at his home in Venice, Florida. He was born in Eliza Township, Mercer County, Illinois, on his parents’ farm. He was the second of five sons born to Chester Hessman Boruff and Lucille Maude Powell Boruff. He attended eight years at rural French School before moving to Aledo to live with grandmother Margaret Hessman Boruff, graduating from Aledo High School, Class of 1938. He played drums in the band and orchestra there. He rejected farming as a career and studied at a business college in Rock Island. Advice from a customer at the Greek restaurant where he worked part-time led Marlin to enlist in the Army Medical Corps at Fort Des Moines. Life was easier than farming, but he resented the new WACs taking over the fort and moving the men to Camp Dodge. In 1943, he was shipped to North Africa to set up medic tents in the desert. From there to France, then to Germany, where he remained in 1946 to supervise German POW workers in distributing the leftover medical supplies in Europe. A brief stint at National Cash Register made him return to the Army. While stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C. he had a chance to join the new U.S. Air Force as it formed a medical department. Sent to Texas as an Air Force lieutenant, he met an Air Force nurse, Patricia Collins, who became his wife and mother of his four children born between 1952 and 1958. They lived in Texas, Wyoming, Ohio, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Germany, and Japan. Retiring to Virginia in 1977 after 36 years of military service and rank of Lt. Colonel, his marriage ended and Marlin moved to Venice, Florida, where he worked at Overseas Photography in Sarasota and then owned a business, Studio Associates. He met and married Helen Cook Postell of Venice and acquired two step-daughters in 1982.

 

Marlin was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Venice, Venice Yacht Club, Pinebrook South Homeowners Association, DAV, American Legion, and was active in church committees, Weslyan Class and Methodist Men’s Club. He told of his mother’s influence on church attendance at Hazel Dell Methodist where the Powell family were pillars of the little church. She played the piano sometimes. His was a musical family with fine singing voices and Marlin loved the old hymns all his life. Each year he tried to visit the old home area and see family members, even though Illinois was never again his home. Usually he stayed at the old home farm, owned by Vaughn and Shirley Boruff. A great-nephew, Nicholas and his wife Marissa now own the Boruff farm.

 

Marlin is survived by his wife of 36 years, his brother Gary (Pat) Boruff of Venice; children Marlin Wm. “Bill” (Patty) of Tucson, AZ; Elizabeth Richardson (Hunter) of Atlanta; Matthew (Andrea) of Midlothian, Texas; step-daughters Kathy (Steve) Sasher and Melanie Postell; grandchildren Matthew and Brooke Richardson, Patrick Redding, Lucas and David Boruff. He has many nephews, nieces and cousins.

 

He was predeceased by his brothers John, Glenn, and Vaughan Boruff and their wives Virginia, Harriet, and Shirley, his daughter Patricia Maureen Redding and her daughter Juliana Redding, as well as special cousins John Olson, Merle (Ann) Boruff, Blair Boruff, and Everett Hessman.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to any veterans’ organization, the Noble Essley Museum in Aledo where he donated WWII material, or Grace United Methodist Church, 400 E. Field Ave., Venice, FL 34285, or the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church.