Marvin William Corky Ortt, 62, of Newcomerstown, went home to be with his Lord late Friday night, Feb. 3, 2012, in the Cleveland Clinic.
Marvin was born in Newcomerstown on Dec. 19, 1949, a son of the late Roy Hubert Ortt, who died in 1989, and the late Helen M. Douglass Ortt, who died in 2005.
Corky was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, Class of 1968.
He was a member of Christ United Church, Newcomerstown, where he sang in the church choir and was a member of the Fellowship/Together Sunday school class. He was also a member of several small group studies, including Searching for the Joy of the Lord at Christ United Methodist Church. He was a former member of First Baptist Church, Newcomerstown, and the former Four Square Gospel Church Newcomerstown. Corky was also a member of the Newcomerstown Senior Citizens. He enjoyed walking throughout the Newcomerstown community for many years and seeing many of his friends on these walks. He also enjoyed working with plastic canvas displays. For many years, he served as a caregiver for his mother. He also enjoyed listening to religious and gospel music, especially his favorite, the Gaither Vocal Group.
Corky will be remembered as a very caring person who would always be there to help out his family or his many friends in their times of need. For years, he served as a volunteer for Journeys End Ministries, Newcomerstown. In 2005, he was honored with the Volunteer Service Award from Journeys End. In 2004, he received the Labor of Love award from the First Baptist Church. He also served as a volunteer for In Christs Kitchen that provided free meals to deserving members of the Newcomerstown community.
Though slight in stature, Corky was immense in his faith. He often talked about having his feet planted in the Solid Rock so that whatever tempest blew round about him, he was still steadfast in his Lord. Just one week before his surgery, he talked with his church family about having the peace that passeth all understanding regarding his upcoming ordeal. He was an inspiration to all who knew him and as his wife, Debi, said, Hes now running down the streets of gold and volunteering for everything in heaven.
He is survived by his wife, Debra A. Debi Hiorns Ortt, Newcomerstown, whom he married Dec. 15, 2007.
He also leaves a son, Charles William Ortt of Roanoke, and three step-sons, including Eric Eugene Perkins of Marion. Also surviving are four brothers and a sister, Larry G. (Carol A.) Ortt of Newcomerstown, James R. (Joyce A.) Ortt of Kimbolton, George R. (Angel) Ortt of Kissimmee, Fla., Gregory A. (Debra D.) Ortt of Duncan, S.C., and Cheryl L. (Paul E.) Grimm of Snellville, Ga.
Corky is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; his aunt and uncle, Jane A. and Samuel F. Swinderman, of Newcomerstown; many members of the Mayhew, Douglass, and Porcher families in Newcomerstown; and his special friend, his cat, Phantom.
To honor his requests, his remains are to be cremated.
Memorial services to celebrate Corkys life were Sunday, Feb. 12 in Christ United Methodist Church, Newcomerstown. The Revs. Larry S. Hukill, Derek Hickman, and Russ Ham conducted the services. Following the services, the family gathered for a light meal and snacks and a time to share memories of Corky at the Christ United Methodist Church.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Marvins name to Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832; or to Journeys End Ministries, 205 South River St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.
Envelopes will be available at his memorial services and also at the Ourant Funeral Home, who is assisting the family with the arrangements.