In loving memory of Erwin Charles Marx: 1927-2021


Erwin Charles Marx passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 23, 2021 in Vancouver, Washington, after a brief illness. He was born at home on Aug. 17, 1927 in LaBarge, Wyoming, in a sod roofed house that his father built. He was the ninth of nine children born to John and Mary Marx. He was 94 and ready to meet his Lord and looked forward to visiting with his family.

Erwin leaves his wife Leona (Toodie); sons Larry and Randy Marx; and daughters Gwynn Kaiser and Robin Shirron; as well as numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Erwin was born and raised in LaBarge, Wyoming, and his heart remained in Wyoming no matter where he lived. His working years took him to Alaska as an inspector on the Trans Alaska Pipeline, Tripoli, Libya and, Saudi Arabia. During his six years in Arabia, he was responsible for the installation and maintenance of the east/west solar power system. It generated electricity for the fresh water pipeline that ran from the desalination plants on the East Coast to the West Coast.

In June of 1986, Erwin and his family returned to Battle Ground, Washington, where he spent the next 35 years enjoying his country home, family, friends and his tractor collection. He did love the put-put of a John Deer, but any tractor would catch his eye. Erwin loved his church, Holy Spirit Episcopal in Battle Ground, and was a faithful member for 33 years. Erwin loved his family dearly and the friends that he held close. We will all miss our “cowboy.” Happy trails, Erwin.

A memorial service will be held Dec. 18, 2021 at 2 p.m. at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 2400 NW Ninth Ave. in Battle Ground, Washington. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Community Hospice, 3102 NE 134th St., Vancouver, Washington, 98686.