Virgil A. Marvin

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Virgil Arthur Marvin was born on May 17, 1926 to Irvin and Katherine (Boehmer) Marvin on the family farm near Alta Vista, IA. He attended country school and then farmed with his father until entering the United States Army on February 14, 1945. Virgil received his honorable discharge on November 18, 1946. He returned to the family farm and was united in marriage to Monica Geerts on October 25, 1951 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. The couple farmed until 1968 when they moved to Alta Vista. Virgil was employed by Chickasaw County in the road maintenance department until his retirement in 1989. He also drove school bus. Virgil enjoyed working with his horses, playing cards, visiting with everyone, and spoiling children related or not. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, bowling league, Tenderfoot Square Dancers, Foresters and Alta Vista VFW. Virgil is survived by his wife Monica of Alta Vista; children Darlene Winter of Bethany, MO, Carol (James) Alverson of Brunswick, MO, Dennis (Colleen) Marvin of Alta Vista, Ray (Dorothy) Marvin of Ankeny, IA, Bev (Michael) Spangler of Lakeville, MN, Paula (Jimmy) Baker of Elma, IA and Bryan Marvin of Alta Vista; 17 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three sisters Delores Welch of Cedar Lake, IN, Myrtle Rosonke of New Hampton, IA and Mary Knutson of Charles City, IA; sister-in-law Anna Marvin of Nashua, IA and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Irvin and Katherine Marvin; two brothers LaVern and Clarence; two sisters Alice Seeger and Marcella Simmons and five brothers-in-law. Cemetery: Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista with grandchildren Katie Williams, Emily Marvin, Chris Marvin, Tanner Marvin, Cassie Marvin, Grace Spangler, Steph Baker, Stacie Baker and Ethan Marvin serving as honorary casket bearers and grandsons Travis Winter, Brandon Ray, Bud Alverson, Zeb Marvin, Zach Baker, Samuel Spangler, Spenser Marvin and Jaykob Marvin serving as active casket bearers. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family or the donor’s choice. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with a scriptural wake service at 4:30pm and a rosary at 7:30pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30am on Friday, May 17, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista with Father Steve Garner celebrating mass.

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  1. All my thoughts and prayers are extended to you Monica and the entire family. I will miss my uncle and his great laugh when I am in AV. He was a great man and an awesome uncle. Love and prayers, Jeanne Roder

  2. Monica and family we are sorry to hear that Virgil has passed away. He was a big part of the town o great town off AV. There are not many like him around anymore and he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
    Sincerely, Lori (Cerwinske) & Darrell

  3. monica and family, virgil was one of kind. I spent alot of
    time down at your house whenever there you were part
    of the family. i can remember watching square dancing
    in the av hall. parades will not bethe same. he will be
    greatly missed we are sorry the loss of virgil you will be
    in our thoughts and prayers brenda dale

  4. Monica and family – I am so sorry to hear of Virgil’s passing. Virgil was always a pleasure every time I saw him; he always had a big smile and a cheerful hello. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Ann

  5. Monica and family, So sorry for your loss. Virgil was the best! I always considered him the grandpa I never had! Even though we were not blood related he was family. I will miss him dearly! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! God bless!

  6. Monica and family, we wish to express our sympathy to all. We always enjoyed visiting with both of you when we were in AV and ran into you.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Your dad was a sweet man. He always had time to take a moment to visit with us whenever we met him somewhere.

  8. So sorry to hear about Virgil.
    He will be remembered as a very kind and caring man, he’ll truly be missed.

  9. Sorry for the loss of Virgil, I always enjoyed visiting with him when he came into the shop. Always pleasant to be around and I enjoyed his stories of his years at the county.

  10. To the entire Mavin family; I was extremely saddened by the news of Virgil’s passing. Virgil, Monica, Brian, Paula… you were all an immediate & important part of my life as I was growing up. I have many, many cherished memories…nights of conversation or passing the time on the front porch, horse back riding, treats from Monica’s kitchen, camping trips, wagon rides, hide-and-seek through your yard. Your love, generosity and nurturing sustains my best memories as a youngster. I, as many others have expressed here, felt adopted by the Marvin family… Virgil and Monica always treated me just like a daughter. Virgil exemplified what’s true and good about small town life… warmth & kindness, care & concern for thy neighbor, honesty and unflinching integrity, and faith in God. My thoughts and prayers to each and every member of the Mavin family during this difficult time.

  11. We want to send you our sympathy to your family. Marvin was a very nice man and his company was enjoyed by many. We are glad that our dad was able to go on the honor flight with Virgil as it made the trip more enjoyable for dad. We know that Bill O. will surely miss him as well. He has been a very good friend to Bill. Please know that we hope all the good memories that you have with him will keep his spirit alive in all of you.
    Gary Monaghan & family
    Ron Monaghan & family

  12. Deepest Sympathy to all the family. Have known Virgil for many years. He will be missed by the people in alta vista. Love and prayers. Don and Lois Vorwald

  13. Dear Monica and family,
    It saddens us to learn of your loss of Virgil. Youhave been like a Big Brother to us and our family. Brian and I have great memories of life growing up in the small town of Alta Vista. You are part of that memory. Just two weeks ago we watched the Kentucky Derby and were reminded of Virgil’s great horses. Thanks for sharing him with us. We will always remember him with fondness and treasure the memories!

  14. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man should die, can he live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

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