Monday, October 6, 2003

Fred Marks, 78, worked at Enquirer for 30 years



By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Walter F. "Fred" Marks, who worked for The Cincinnati Enquirer for three decades, died of heart failure Sept. 27 at his home in Georgetown, Ohio. The former Pleasant Ridge resident, born in Utica, N.Y., was 78.

Mr. Marks served with the 1st Marine Division of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He fought in the battle for Okinawa and was awarded the battle medal for meritorious conduct.

In 1943, on his way to be shipped out with the Marines, he stopped in Cincinnati and attended a USO-sponsored dance. It was there he met his future wife, Lois Garrison of Norwood.

After the war, Mr. Marks began his Enquirer career as an engraving apprentice. Known as "Bear" at the Enquirer, he retired as photoengraving superintendent after more than 30 years.

After retirement, he volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Cincinnati and later in Georgetown.

Mr. Marks' wife died in 1979.

Survivors include two sons, Roger F. of Hillsborough, N.J., and M. Gordon of Washington Courthouse, Ohio; a daughter, Marion C. Misch of Georgetown; three grandsons; and a sister, Catherine Thomas of Sauquoit, N.Y.

Burial was in Crown Hill Memorial Park, Sauquoit, N.Y.

Memorials: Brown County Senior Citizens Counsel, 505 North Main St., Georgetown 45121.

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E-mail kandrew@enquirer.com




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