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Marlin Andrew Hissim

February 23, 1926 ~ October 29, 2017 (age 91)

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Marlin Andrew Hissim, 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Royal Plaza Care Center, Lewiston, ID after complications from a stroke. Marlin was born at home on Feb. 23, 1926 in Oxford, New Jersey on Dutch Hill to A.Y. and Vera (Scharrer) Hissim. He was the oldest of 7 children. Marlin attended primary school in Oxford and graduated from Washington High School, Washington, NJ in 1943. He was an enrolled member of the Masonic Order and served as master of his lodge.

Marlin was drafted into the Army in April, 1944. He was with the 97th Infantry Division, the Trident. He went into combat in Siegburg and Dusseldorf, Germany. He was in Marienbad, Czechoslovakia on V.E. Day. After that, Marlin served in Japan until he was discharged in 1946.

While on a furlough, Marlin met his future wife Fay Mildred Buzzell. They were wed on July 1st, 1945 during a leave. Marlin and Fay raised three children, Roger, Marlene and David. In 1960 Marlin moved his family from Oxford, NJ to California looking for job opportunities. The family turned the move into a month long exploring adventure of the United States.

Marlin was skilled at carpentry. He learned the trade from his dad and for a time, worked with him in New Jersey. After moving to California, Marlin worked for the San Jose State University Student Union as their chief custodian, retiring after 14 years.

Marlin enjoyed exploring and excelled at history and geography. He and Fay travelled to all 50 states, many of them by motorhome. Marlin enjoyed researching genealogy and has several hundred years of records on his ancestors.

Many will miss Marlin. He is mourned by his children Marlene Pawlukewich, Meridian, ID and David of Lewiston, ID, his brothers Wayne, Irving, and Richard, sister-in-law Delores, who all still live near Oxford and refer to Marlin as Duke. He is loved by his grandchildren Connie and her husband Brennan Duclos of Lewiston, ID and Mary Booth of Nampa, ID. He was a treasure to his 6 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Family was the most important thing to Marlin.

Marlin is preceded in death by his wife Fay, their son Roger, his son-in-law Gary, his parents, two of his brothers and a sister.

Thank you to the residents and staff at Royal Plaza, where Marlin lived for the last almost 5 years. Marlin truly enjoyed your companionship and the challenging sessions of trivia.

The funeral service is at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 9 at Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise, ID. Burial will follow at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery, Boise, ID.
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