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Marvin F. Reek
With his family at his side, Marvin F. Reek, age 82 of Cokato, went to be with the Lord on July 1, 2003, following a brave battle with a stroke and cancer.
Marvin Reek was born February 8, 1921 in rural Howard Lake, the son of Emil and Frances (Zander) Reek. A life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, he was baptized on March 13, 1921 by Pastor A.L. Oetjen and confirmed in his faith March 25, 1934 by Pastor C.G. Seltz.
In 1939, he graduated from Howard Lake High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy July 20, 1942.
He was united in marriage to Syrillis Krueger Oct. 4, 1942 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Waukegan, Ill. by Pastor A.C. Bartz. This union was blessed with the births of two children.
He was honorably discharged Nov. 23, 1945 and they returned to Howard Lake. They made their home on the Reek family farm in Victor Township, residing there until 1983 when they moved to Cokato.
Along with farming, Marvin worked at construction, driving truck and highway maintenance.
His hobbies were reading, playing cards, gardening, storytelling, and canning dill pickles. Since 1976 during the winter months, Marvin and Syrillis enjoyed being "Snow Birds" in Tucson, Ariz.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Emil and Frances Zander; and one great-grandchild, Hannah Lagergren.
He is survived by his wife, Syrillis; daughter MaryAnn (Terry) Shetterly; son Dennis (Bonnie) Reek; three grandsons, Steven (Dawn) Lagergren, Mark (Jessica) Lagergren, Aaron (Kylie) Lagergren; one granddaughter, Amanda (Matt) Roeder; six great-grandchildren; cousins; nieces; nephews; and a host of relatives, and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3, 2003 at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake with the Rev. Michael Nirva and the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.
The organist was Luke Dahl, with special music by soloist Marge Stueven.
Interment was at the St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery on Dutch Lake.
Pallbearers were Steve Lagergren, Mark Lagergren, Aaron Lagergren, Matt Roeder, Daryl Krueger and Jerry Terning.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake, Minnesota.