Marvin Windows and Doors former president William Sibley “Bill” Marvin passed away on August 31 at his home in Warroad, Minn., at the age of 92.Marvin graduated from Warroad High School and the University of Minnesota. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, he worked briefly for General Mills before returning to Warroad in 1939, where joined his father’s company, Marvin Lumber and Cedar Company, as its eighth employee. Soon afterwards, the company began building custom wood door and window frames to stay busy during the winter season.

Marvin later pushed to expand the company’s offering to complete doors and windows, so that it eventually came to be known as Marvin Windows and Doors. Marvin assumed the company’s presidency and chairmanship in 1960. He most recently served as honorary chairman of Marvin Windows and Doors.

Marvin was a past president and a member of the Window and Door Manufacturing Association for 45 years, and also served on its Board of Directors. He also was involved in the Northwestern Minnesota Manufacturing Association and served as the director of the National Woodwork Manufacturers Association from 1979-1981, as well as being a member for a number of years. He was on the Board of Directors of the American National Bank and Trust in St. Paul, Minn. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Warroad.

Marvin was widely recognized for his multitude of business and civic contributions. He was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame, Twin Cities Business magazine’s 2007 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame, received the Distinguished Minnesotan Award from Bemidji State University and was named to Builder magazine’s 100 most influential building industry leaders of the twentieth century. He also received the 1988 Moorhead State L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award, 1990 Bemidji State University Distinguished Minnesota Award, 1992 University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award and 1995 Warroad High School Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award.

He is survived by his children Frank (Margaret) Marvin, Warroad; Margaret “Peggy” (Sam) Johnson, Warroad; John “Jake” Marvin, Warroad; George (Mary) Marvin, Warroad; Susan (Keith) Marvin, Warroad; and Robert (Loralee) Marvin, Warroad; grandchildren, Virginia, Daniel, Paul, William, Catherine, Sarah, Jeffrey, Paula, John, Brooke, Mark, James, Desiree, Christine, Victoria, Stephanie, Angela; 25 great grandchildren; and sister Mary “Mimi,” Minneapolis.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, George and Almina; wife, Margaret; brothers Frank, Calvin “Cal,” Jack, and Randolph “Tut”; two infant children and one granddaughter, Alison.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 4 at 11a.m. at the Warroad High School Gymnasium with Rev. Merna Major officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the William S. Marvin Visitor Center in Warroad, and one hour prior to the funeral at the school. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Warroad.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Warroad Swim Program Fund in care of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the William S. and Margaret W. Marvin Fund benefiting the Warroad High School Scholarship in care of the Minnesota Community Foundation, or the Warroad Senior Living Center Fund in care of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Arrangements are being made by Helgeson Funeral Chapel of Warroad. An online guestbook is available at


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