Marvin Baransy, Jr. • February 25, 2023

He is “away from the body and with the Lord”!! (2 Corinthians 5:8)

Marvin L. Baransy was 85 when he died on February 25, 2023. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in Ada, Ohio hometown of Marvin Sr. (Violet).

He graduated from Ada High School where he played basketball and loved bikes and cars, especially working on them. He loved the water: sailing, skiing, boating and fishing.
He was what he called a “cradle Presbyterian”. He was one of four generations baptized and confirmed in the Ada Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by wife, Ann, his love for over 60 years; son, Matthew Baransy (Melinda) Pensacola, son, Steven (Robin) Mobile; granddaughters, Megan Jackson (Luke) Ft. Walton, Emma Baransy UWF Pensacola; brother, Paul Baransy (Ann) Ottawa, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins across the states.

He spent his 21st birthday in the USAF having enlisted January 1959. His service was extended during the Cuban crisis in October 1962 under President John F. Kennedy; after it was resolved he honorably discharged on November 1st. He spent most of his service in Texas where he met Julia Ann Moore. They recognized their 60th anniversary on February 21st.

They shared love for the Word from the beginning, and had theological discussions with friends late into the night when dating. They lived in south Florida working his way through college, where he graduated from Palm Beach Jr. College in Lake Worth, Florida and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida in 1966.

They were blessed with two sons, Matthew and Steven. When they were older Ann found time to study nursing and practiced from 1982 to 2002.

Marvin had interest in working for an auto company, but accepted the better offer from then Pure Oil Co. that merged with Union Oil Co./Unocal. Still later Chevron bought them out. They enjoyed living in many places when his work took them to Atlanta, Norfolk, Memphis, Birmingham, Charlotte, and returned to Virginia in Chesapeake where he managed the Unocal Oil Terminal at a water port in Portsmouth, before semi-retiring to Pensacola after 26 years, seeking the mild weather and saltwater fishing and boating that he loved.

Through the years he was a member of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and ASE certified (Automotive Service Excellence) with his small dealership Auto Connection for several years that specialized only in Pre-owned Hondas that he tremendously enjoyed owning and operating. He was a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years.

The company position that he most enjoyed was being a trainer for certified services program: teaching. He also taught small business management evenings in Tidewater Community College and to inmates a local prison to those who sought to better themselves after they had served their time. Still again, there was a teaching that came from the heart for them both, fueled by the help of the Spirit, he taught God’s word and lead adult bible studies for the last 27 years at both Northminster Presbyterian and St. Luke UMC.

The family wants to thank Emerald Coast Hospice, Chaplain Jason Adams, Mandy, Adam and Joan. A special thank you to the Caring and Sharing SS class for all their love, care, and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charity or ministry of your choosing.

The grass withers and the flower fades but the word of our God will stand forever. Isa 40:8-9

A memorial service will be held March 11, 2023 at 10AM at the Northminster Presbyterian Church with reception after. 1100 E. Nine Mile Road, Pensacola, Florida.

  1. Matthew Baransy says:

    My Dad has left his fragile earth suit to walk the streets of gold in Heaven. I miss my Dad very much. He has been my friend and mentor my entire life. See you later Dad. He is “away from the body and with the Lord”!! (2 Corinthians 5:8)

  2. John H Baransy says:

    He will be missed by many people who loved him. He left a wonderful family and a legacy of giving to so many worthy causes. He has now gone to be with the Lord and so many others he knew and loved. I have made a donation to North minster Presbyterian Church in his memory.

  3. Thomas Moore says:

    We have made donation to National Forest of five trees in memory of my brother in law.file:///C:/Users/GNETG/Downloads/tree-certificate-834876203-1-1.pdf

  4. Charles & Donna Ward says:

    We have had numerous Sunday School teachers in
    our lifetime. Marvin was a excellent, dedicated one. If there were any questions
    that he didn’t know, he would research and have
    an answer in the mail within the week. We
    became friends and he will be dearly missed.

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