Virgil A. Marvin
May 17, 1926 ~ May 14, 2013
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.