Marion Leonard Abbe, (known to everyone as ‘Marty’,) died peacefully on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 10:50 PM CST in League City, Texas. Marty was born 89 years ago in Corsicana, Texas to Beulah F. (Linville) and Bernice Abbe.
Marty enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after graduating from high school in Orange, Texas in 1947. While in the Air Force, Marty worked as a crew chief and quality inspector on many types of airplanes. He retired from the U.S. Air Force 20 years later as a Master Sergeant and has said those years were very happy ones. He then returned to Texas to work for Dynalectron, Inc., on NASA airplanes at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, Texas. While he was at NASA in 1968, Marty traveled frequently to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, where tests for Apollo 11 were being performed. While at Holloman, he met and married Marilyn Abbe. He moved Marilyn and her two children to Friendswood, Texas where they lived for 48 years until moving to the Crossings Retirement Community in League City, Texas, in 2015.
In the mid 1970s, Marty took a position at Houston Lighting and Power, where he did Quality Inspection on equipment which was being manufactured. This entailed lots of travel, which he kind of liked! He retired from HL&P in the early 1990’s for some home relaxation and vacation travels until his health declined in 2013.
Marty enjoyed being with people and soon was active in the Friendswood Masonic Lodge. He volunteered as a driver for the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children in Galveston 1 week every month for 12 years, played in the Shriner’s Arabia Temple Steel Bandits drum band, of which he was president twice and president of the NASA Area Shrine Club twice. He was active in the Friendswood United Methodist Church as president of the Friendship Sunday School Class (3-4 years) president of Methodist Men (3 years), Summer Church Camps for children and many other positions over the years. In his later years Marty enjoyed many close friends in the Wednesday Morning Bible Study group at church. He also served on “Keep Friendswood Beautiful” program for many years, as well as Friendswood’s Wedgewood Village Homeowner’s Association. He was a volunteer Fireman and a member of the Pearland Veterans of Foreign Wars post 7109.
Marty was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Betty, his son Larry and great-grandson Andrew Phillip Borden. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter Christine and husband Lance Borden; grandchildren Jason Borden and Randall Borden; great-grandchildren Zachary Borden, Kayleigh Borden, and Victoria Fontenot.