Marvin Noel Reichle, MA, PhD, after a happy, wonderful 82 years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Feb. 10. Marvin was born in Houston on Dec. 29, 1925 and lived the last 15 years in Columbus. Dr. Reichle was a gifted athlete at Reagan High School, earning All-City honors in football and basketball. After graduating in 1943, he served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He then went on to the University of Houston to become the first four-year basketball letterman in the school's history. Dr. Reichle was a professor in the UH Health and Human Performance Dept. for 30 (+) years where he taught many NBA and NFL athletes. As part of his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Reichle created and certified the first standardized test in boating safety for the U.S. Coast Guard. Marvin was the "Voice of Pantherland" for the St. Pius X High School football team for 12 years and also served as School Board President and Bazaar Chairman. Throughout his life he enjoyed dancing, golf and above all, UH Cougar basketball. Marvin is survived by his daughter Rebecca (Tom) of Lake Oswego, Ore.; sons, Randall (Terry) and Russell (Linda) of Houston; grandchildren Eric, Brian, Halie Reid and Lucas. He was also blessed by having a very special friend, Norma Virnau of Bellville, during the last seven years of his life. Their love for each other was a precious gift and recognized by all. Two gatherings are planned to celebrate the life of this remarkable man. Family received friends at St. Pius X High School Hutson Gymnasium, 811 Donovan, Houston, TX 77091 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. At Marvin's request, family and friends will meet at his home outside Columbus, 3288 FM 109 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbus Nesbitt Memorial Library, 529 Washington St., Columbus, Texas 78934.
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