was born in St. Louis on October 10, 1937, the only child of Ernest and Louise (nee Luckner) Hudwalker. He passed away July 12, 2021, at Deery Suites of Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where he and his wife relocated four years ago after living in St. Louis, Farmington and Mehlville.
Marvin attended Woerner Elementary and graduated from Cleveland High School in 1955, then studied at Missouri School of Mines & Metallurgy in Rolla, now Missouri S&T, graduating in 1959. He met Lindenwood College student Mary Green on a blind date and the two married June 18, 1960, beginning a lifetime of love and devotion to each other.
Marvin spent 13 years with the City of St. Louis Water Division before becoming the city of Farmington’s first city administrator in 1973. He went on to help many small towns and cities with water, sewer, street and other municipal projects after opening the engineering and surveying business, Hudwalker & Associates, Inc., in 1978. Marvin sold his business to Sverdrup Civil in 1995, where he spent another five years before retiring.
Marvin served as president of the Missouri chapter of American Public Works Association in 1974 and was active in the Missouri section of American Water Works Association. He was awarded a professional degree from Missouri S&T and inducted into its Order of the Golden Shillelagh. He enjoyed lifetime friendships with his Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers.
In his spare time, Marv bowled, golfed and fished. He cheered for the St. Louis Cardinals and spent several years as a season ticket holder. His kitchen specialty was homemade waffles from his mother’s recipe; he and Mary started a New Year’s Day waffle brunch with neighbors in 1974 and the tradition lasted nearly 40 years. He supported anything that involved his family and showed up for every single one of his children’s school activities.
Marvin taught his children by example to work hard, be kind, live humbly, serve your community, give generously, and love God. His priority was always learning and growing in his faith. He served as a deacon at Central Church of Christ in the city, took many turns in the pulpit at Farmington Church of Christ, and taught Bible studies at De Soto Christian Church, Kirkwood Road Christian Church and White Flag Christian Church. He prayed daily for his children and grandchildren, prayers that will sustain them forever.
Survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary, and their family: Linda (Denny) Bowman and Benjamin, Samuel and Cooper of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Tim (Shari) of St. Louis and Curtis (Jennifer) of Tulsa, Jonathan (Alexandra) of Dallas, and Megan of Kansas City; and Amy (Alejandro Vasquez) of Miami and Andrea, Natalia and Stephan.
Visitation from 4-6 p.m. Friday, July 16, at Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Road, St. Louis, and funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 17, also at Kutis Affton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Water for People, Missouri S&T, or Fresh Wind Ministries at Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls.