EXPIRED: 08/31/09 – Bill Marvin, 92. On his last birthday, he bought everyone ice-cream sundaes. He simply liked making sure everyone was cared for. When he started his business, Marvin Windows & Doors, he made sure it gave jobs to the locals. It’s still run like that.

Marvin, who led Marvin Windows and Doors as it grew to become one of the building material industry’s premier companies, had turned 92 just six days ago.

A native of the small northern Minnesota town of Warroad, Marvin joined the Marvin Lumber and Cedar Co. at the request of his father, becoming the yard’s eighth employee. Soon after, it began building custom wood window and door frames to keep the company busy during the winter season.

Assuming the company’s presidency and chairmanship in 1960, Marvin Windows and Doors grew to become what it describes itself as the world’s largest maker of high-end made-to-order windows and doors. The company made money every year except 1961, when the factory in Warroad burned to the ground.

Marvin received honors from a wide variety of civic, educational, and industry groups, including the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. He remained a lifelong resident of Warroad, and in 2007 endowed a $15 million scholarship fund for graduates of the local high school seeking higher education.

Read his obituary to find out how he kept on giving to employees and neighbors alike.



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