Pastor Marvin Willis Kasemeier III passed away suddenly on Monday, August 16, 2021, at the age of 55. He was the beloved pastor of New Song Worship Center in Kelso, WA, as well as the president of the Kelso Longview Ministerial Association, and a board member of the local YMCA and Longview Soccer Club.
Marv was born on September 10, 1965, in Olympia, WA. He graduated from Christian Life School in Lacey, WA, and went on to earn an Associate in Arts Degree in Music Theory from Centralia Community College. He married Eileen at Christian Life Church in Lacey, WA, in October of 1986, and they moved to Kelso in 1988. He worked as a house painter for many years as well as a music teacher for piano, drums, and vocals. He has been a youth leader, worship leader, pianist, choir conductor, mentor, and loved to encourage others to do their best with the talents God has given them.
While music was his passion, Marv also loved swimming at the YMCA and camping at the family favorite Salmon la Sac campground where he would jump off the bridge into the Cle Elum River. He also loved his community and would get involved in lots of different committees and community events. He wanted to include every one possible, and he liked to network and connect people to each other. His family always knew how much he loved them, and they were willing to share him with the whole community.
Marv is survived by his parents Pastor Marv & Judie Kasemeier, his wife Eileen Kasemeier, his son Marvin Kasemeier IV (Mick) and grandson Marvin Kasemeier V, his son Daniel Kasemeier, his son Caleb Kasemeier and fiancée Angel Bills, his sister and brother-in-law Lonnie & Kimberley Bopp, his sister and brother-in-law Rick & Kelli Kennedy, his nephew Justin Kennedy, his nephew Timothy Kennedy, his niece JayLea Kennedy, his niece Destiny Kennedy, all from Kelso, WA; his aunt & uncle Brad & Catherine Kasemeier from Gig Harbor, WA; his aunt Konni Kasemeier from Stanwood, WA; his aunt Carol Norden of Florida; and lots of cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews in Washington, Oregon, California, New Zealand, and Australia.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. at the Longview Community Church, 2323 Washington Way, Longview, WA.
Memorial contributions can be made to New Song Worship Center, 161 Aaron Drive, Kelso, WA 98626.