by | Mar 31, 2017 | Obituaries

Portsmouth —Julius Marcus passed away reluctantly and fighting for every breath at Sentara Heart Hospital on Saturday March 25, begging for the chance to “get out of here and go home.”

Born on January 11, 1928, he was the son of the late Meyer and Rebecca Marcus, one of six children. He was predeceased by his older brother, Adolph and sister, Sarah. Julius is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jeanne Mussman Marcus, and his two daughters, Margie Marcus of Bethesda, Md., and Leslie Marcus Auerbach; granddaughters Rebecca and Katie Auerbach, and his son-in-law, Andrew Auerbach.

He is also survived by brother Dr. Lawrence Marcus of Gaithersburg Md., and Gloria Grabenstein and her husband Dan in Harrisburg, and sister Gladys Novey in Baltimore.

Julius graduated from William Penn High School and served two years in the army before attending Bloomberg State College, and graduated from Penn State in 1951, where he was president of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. Playing basketball starting in high school was a hobby he continued throughout his adult life, playing in a pick up game at the community center well into a time when he was known on the team as “Pops.” He worked for several different companies before enrolling as an IRS agent where he found much satisfaction in a 30-year career.

Julius was known to be very entertaining, with his collection of stories, puns, and jokes always on-hand. These characteristics became the earmark of his personality. His penchant to spin a tale would never disappoint.

A funeral service was held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts, followed by burial in Gomley Chesed Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at hdoliver.com.