January 01, 1970
Marv Kellum passed away at home on Saturday, February 4, 2023, surrounded by family and lifted up in so much love. He had a long battle with digestive and multiple myeloma cancers that he fought hard to the very end.
His attending oncologists always called him a “warrior.”
Marv was born June 23, 1952, in Topeka, Kansas where he was known as “Buddy”. He went to LeCompton High School where he played 8-man football, played basketball and ran track, and then onto Wichita State University. After a successful collegiate career playing defense at Wichita State, Marv signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 1974 where he eventually became a part of the Steelers first 2 World Championships, Super Bowls IX & X. Marv was most widely known for a key fumble recovery in Super Bowl IX against the Minnesota Vikings, scooping up the ball on the opening kickoff of the second half. The Steelers would go on to win 16-6, capturing the first of four world championships in six seasons. Marv played three seasons for the Steelers and one for the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring and entering the Carpenters Union in 1977.
Marv spent almost 35 years as a carpenter, specifically with the last 20 years in Local Union 211 and with MBM Contracting, Inc. before retiring a second time at 59 years old.
Marv would go on to spend his retirement years with his family, well known for being “Pap” and “Pop” a silly, kind-hearted, and present grandfather. Marv could be found at a local youth field on any given day when he wasn’t golfing, usually the first in line at the snack bar. Marv is a man of many talents and has stories and experiences that most couldn’t rival in a lifetime of trying, however, if you knew him you also knew that he was most proud of all his grandchildren and that is evident in his unwavering and unconditional love.
Marv has also spent his retirement raising awareness and fundraising for JDRF, a charity close to his heart since his oldest grandson, Braden, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 4, along with supporting countless other charities and fundraisers.
Marv was predeceased by his parents, C. W. “Bud” Kellum and Laura Kellum. He is survived by his wife Sandra Kellum (Birsic); their oldest son, Wesley Kellum and his children Braden and Nolan with their mother Kasey; and his youngest son Matthew Kellum with his wife Melissa and their children Penelope and Beau. He is also survived by his beloved siblings, Wayne Kellum (Bobbi), Kenneth Kellum (Helen), Karen Ice (Richard) and many loving nieces and nephews from Pittsburgh to Kansas.
Marv was such an incredible man, that all who were lucky enough to know him understand the magnitude of this loss. When you spoke to Marv you knew you were talking to someone special. Above all else in his life, Marv was a devoted, loving and supportive husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin as well as a friend and neighbor to many. Everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him will be mourning this wonderful man for years to come.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Hillman Cancer Center or Western PA Chapter of JDRF are welcomed.
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