January 11, 1944 ~ August 7, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Services for Marvin F. Steward:

Marvin F. Steward, 77, passed away August 7, 2021. Survived by his cousin Orville (Diann) Wright and their children, Thomas Wright and Christine (Eric) Richman; longtime friends and business partners, Gerry and Dian Montgomery. Preceded in death by his parents, Lael Burt and Mildred Steward. Marv was born in January 11, 1944, in Pueblo and was a lifetime Pueblo resident. He graduated from Central High School, Pueblo Junior College and Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science. While attending college, Marv taught accordion along with his friend and mentor, Nick DeNardo. In 1966, he began his career in funeral service at the Rouch Funeral Home. In 1986, he and Gerry purchased the funeral home and renamed it Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors. In 1996, the City of Pueblo awarded Marv and Gerry the contract to manage Mountain View Cemetery. This became one of their philanthropic missions with the goal of the cemetery having the best maintained grounds. He was very honored when the funeral home received the Outstanding Small Business Award in 2012 by the National Philanthropic Day in Colorado, as well as many other funeral service awards. Marv served on the Pueblo Suicide Prevention Board for many years and was a member of numerous Masonic organizations including, South Pueblo Lodge #31, AF & AM (Past Master); and Southern Colorado Consistory. He was also a member of Selected Independent Funeral Directors and International Order of the Golden Rule. Visitation, 5 – 7 p.m. Wednesday and service 10 a.m., Thursday, August 12, 2021, both in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Entombment, Mountain View Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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Funeral Service: August 12, 2021 10:00 am

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003

719-542-1552
http://www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. CandleImageI am so grateful for the opportunity to know Marvin in his later years. He had a kind spirit and and a strong will to live life on his terms. I learned so much from him and will cherish every moment I spent with him. He will be greatly missed by many in Pueblo including his Brookdale Family. RIP dear friend

  2. I got to know Marvin back in the ’60s through my cousin Howard Lukenbill. He and the Montgomery’s provided compassionate and professional services to our family over the years. For the past dozen years or so, when my brother Ed and I would visit the family plot at Mountain View Cemetery, we would always stop by the office to say hello to Marvin. He was always friendly and it was a pleasure to see him. You will be missed in person, but we will still stop by for a visit!

  3. I’ve known Gerry and Marvin since they acquired the funeral home in 1986. I have spent a lot of time discussing advertising and strategies for both the funeral home and cemetery with them. Marvin always had a strong opinion and great empathy for the families they served. He couldn’t have had a better business partner and friend then Gerry, especially as his health declined. I will remember Marvin fondly.

  4. Rest in peace Marvin I spent much time with you at the funeral home doing folders and every timeI do them I think of you and also dinners, functions, plays, etc. You will be missed very much but now there is no more hurt or pain as you are with the Lord.

  5. In all the years I knew Marvin, I could not get him to call me by my first name. He always addressed me as “Mrs. Johnson”. I always told him, Marv, you can call me Marie…his response, ok Mrs Johnson, I will. He never did. Marvin was a soft spoken and gentle man, and my great honor to have known.
    RIP Marvin.
    Marie Johnson

  6. Many years ago as a Job,s Daughter I served a dinner at the Masonic Hall, Marvin was a well respected lodge brother to my father (Bruce Stalford)my father in-law ( Joseph Mooney) , my husband (Robert Mooney)and a longtime family acquaintance. May God bless all who knew him as family and business partners.

  7. My condolences to Gerry, Dian, and Marvin’s family and other friends. I’ve known or known of Marvin for several decades and only have the highest regard for him as a fine person. He touched many lives in a positive way and will be kindly remembered.

    • Well said, Roger! Your father, Orville Rouch, hired me to work as an “assistant” at Rouch Funeral Home in the summer of 1974. I worked mainly with Marvin, who was a kind, gentle, generous and humorous man. I’ll never forget my time working for such wonderful gentlemen, Orville and Faye Rouch, and Marvin Steward.

  8. Mae Cross from the church I attended, asked me in August 1983 if I would help her as she stayed all night at Rouch Funeral Home, closing up at 9 pm and answering the phone at night. She wanted a night or two off, but people kept not showing up as they decided they did not want to stay all night at a funeral home. I remember staying there the first night as I did 1-2 nights a week until February 1985. Then Marvin or Gerry asked me if I could drive and assist at a funeral and so began doing that during the days as needed. Thanksgiving 1983, Gerry called me up and asked if I would assist him on a removal from Parkview Hospital. Sometime in early 1984, as the two of them were getting ready to prepare an older woman, I finally asked if I could watch them. “We were wondering when you would ask” and they got me all ready to watch. Afterwards I thought, “I could do that”. After I lost job in November 1984, I went in for the night and informed them of what happened and they told me, “Get into the funeral business” and 36 years later, I am fully involved in it. I only wish I had met Marvin in 1967-68 and gotten into the funeral business 17 years earlier. I can hear his voice now.

  9. Marvin was my accordion teacher when I was a very little girl. I was a part of Nick DiNardo’s many accordion players and Marvin taught us little ones. Marvin recognized that I had that “something special” and he told Nick that I was well beyond what he could teach me. He told Nick that he, not Marvin, needed to take me to a much higher level. Because of these two men, I was really an accordion marvel and they were there to encourage and support me. I was one of the best young players in the Western US because of the tutelage of Marvin and Nick. I haven’t picked up my beautiful Gentile accordion in 50 years, but I still have it and treasure it and can probably still play it because of Marvin and Nick teaching me all that they could! Through the many decades that I was blessed to see Marvin socially, he never forgot me. I was always his “Little Lois” or “My Favorite Protege” to him. I have such tremendous fondness in my life’s memories and in my heart for him. Such a gracious, gracious, classy, classy man. His absence will be felt by so many. I know this is very difficult for Dian and Gerry, too. He was far more than a “business partner” to them. They were “family.” And I, like so many, am very thankful for the blessing of having my life influenced by this kind and caring man. Thank you, Marv (as I always called him, even at 5 years old 😉), for touching my life and developing a talent in me that someone else may well have overlooked but that you and Nick nurtured. God speed, my friend. And God bless those who also loved him so.

  10. CandleImageI had never met Marvin but I know Gerry and Dian. Their funeral services are the best because of the compassion Marvin and Gerry have always shone. Marvin you are truly missed!

  11. My husband, Ramon, enjoyed working with Marv. They had a special bond and respected each other. He will be missed.

  12. Gerry & Dian,
    You have your own grief while helping my family with ours. We’re sorry for your loss of Marv.

  13. Marv was a wonderful friend. He always had a kind word to say and a big smile. We did alot of laughing and he will me missed.
    Rest in peace, my friend.

  14. Gerry & Dian,
    We were sad to hear of Marvin’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we very much enjoyed working with him. The guys often came back with stories about him. Our sympathies to you and his family.

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