Marvin Guernsey was a calm, easy-going man who loved helping others and spending time with his family, said his daughter, Jennifer Archer.
“He was a very humble, caring person,” she said. “He would help you out any way he could.”
Marvin Guernsey, 79, of Portage, died May 29. He taught chemistry at Portage High School for 39 years and was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Valparaiso Ward.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Guernsey.
He enjoyed teaching, and many of his former students told family members how caring he was and that he was concerned about their success.
“He enjoyed helping students learn new things,” she said. “He was very caring.”
Guernsey loved spending time with his family, and loved teasing and playing with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed painting and cake decorating, and had decorated numerous wedding cakes for family members.
The paintings he made that had been hanging in his home have been distributed to family members, Archer said.
He enjoyed genealogy, and used the church’s extensive genealogy library to study his family’s history.
Guernsey always made sure to acknowledge the kindness of others, whether it be by sending a plate of cookies to neighbors who had shoveled his sidewalk to writing thank you notes after receiving birthday gifts.
“He was always thoughtful,” his daughter said. “He appreciated others, and wanted to help people as much as he could.”