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OBITUARY - John Marvin Yancey

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OBITUARY - John Marvin Yancey

Posted: 1304389641000
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 1348505625000
Surnames: Yancey

John Marvin "Jack" Yancey, 81, a life-long resident of Austin, died peacefully at St. David's North Austin Medical Center on Sunday, April 24, 2011. Jack was born on May 31, 1929, the youngest of 3 boys. He grew up in Hyde Park, graduated from Austin High School in 1948, attended The University of Texas at Austin and served in the U.S. Army; a veteran of the Korean War. His long career with Merrill Lynch began in 1948 as a "Board Marker". After a 2-year absence to serve his country, Jack returned to Merrill Lynch in 1952 holding various positions including operations manager and then for many years as a successful Financial Consultant. He retired in 1991. Jack grew up fishing, swimming, bowling and playing basketball. As a teen, he became interested in golf while caddying at Austin Country Club. He was an avid golfer, serving as President of The Austin Golf Association in 1963. His passions were Longhorn football and basketball. Family was very important to him. After the death of his father in 1961, he assumed responsibility for the care of his beloved mother until her death in 1989.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 49 years, Charlene and loving daughter, Donna, both of Austin; brother, Marcus L. Yancey, Jr. (Alice) of Austin; brother-in-law, Wilburn Kirsch (Carol) of La Grange, TX; nephews, Bill Yancey (Terri), Chris Yancey, Marc Yancey (Elaine), Bruce Kirsch (Jeanie), Gary Kirsch (Denice); nieces, Carla Yancey, Deborah Hejl (Paul), Janis Forar (Larry), Tenley Todd (Clyde) and Laurie Blackmore. He was preceded in death by his father, Marcus L. Yancey, Sr., mother, Alda Nord Yancey, father-in-law, Joe Kirsch, mother-in-law, Lydia Reising Kirsch, brother, Carl Yancey and sister-in-law, Gail Yancey. The past 9 years Jack battled lung cancer, COPD, a hip replacement and several bouts of pneumonia. His perseverance was an affirmation of his strength and fighting spirit. The family wishes to thank all of his Doctors, NAMC nurses, Austin-Travis County EMS, AFD and Girling Health Care. A special thank you to the NAMC ICU nurses. You are truly special individuals. We are profoundly grateful to the late Dr. Thomas Riggs, whose surgical expertise gave us an additional 9 years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hallmark Baptist Church Mission Fund, 9023 Old Lampasas Trail, Austin, TX 78750 or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, the 30th of April, 2011 at half past ten o'clock in the morning at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX.

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