Peter VanLuyster Marks, 84, of Harrisonburg, passed away July 20, 2014, at Bridgewater Home.
Mr. Marks was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Babylon, N.Y., to the late William Bennett and Amanda Boyd Marks.
He graduated from Newtown High School in Queens, N.Y., and later from the Long Island Institute of Agriculture, majoring in animal husbandry. Mr. Marks served in the Korean War with the 11th U.S. Army Airborne. He later worked in the beef cattle industry in both Maryland and Virginia, pursued a 10-year career at WSVA Radio and TV as an account executive, and then worked as a sales associate for AFLAC for 30 plus years, before retiring.
Mr. Marks enjoyed neighbors and started the neighborhood watch on Shenandoah Avenue and also volunteered with the Harrisonburg Fire Department and Rescue Squad for several years. He was one of the original members of the Harrisonburg Citizen Advisory Board.
Mr. Marks is survived by his wife, Greta Garber Marks; daughters, Julie Walthall and husband, Clay, of New Market, Jill Yamane and husband, Retired Col. Grover Yamane, of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Kylan Wright, Max Yamane, Miles Yamane, Ben Walthall, Stephen Walthall and Katie Walthall; and a number of nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William B. Marks, and sisters, Katherine Tapp and Elizabeth Norton.
A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg. The Rev. Hollis Dodge will conduct the service. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to the Marks family by visiting www.kygers.com.