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Marvin O. Granath, 79

Marvin O. Granath, age 79, of Dassel, died Saturday, April 3, 2010, in Hutchinson.

He was born Nov. 7, 1930, in Dassel.

After his father moved to Chicago for work during the Great Depression, Marv and his siblings, John and Louise, were raised by their two great-aunts and four great-uncles, the Boos, on their farm in Dassel. He grew up speaking Swedish with them and always spoke glowingly of the kindness with which they brought him, John, and Louise into their lives.

Marv started school at the Collinwood schoolhouse, proceeded to Dassel High School, and after graduation, entered Gustavus Adolphus College. Graduating from Gustavus Adolphus in 1952, Marv moved to the University of Minnesota Law School, from where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 1955.

More significantly, it was during this time he met, courted, and proposed to Barbara Howe. She and Marv were married June 10, 1956.

After starting their lives together, Marv took a job with Honeywell in Minneapolis and he and Barbara settled in Minnetonka. Three children – Nicholas, Sally, and Alec – arrived in due time, and family life was a whirl of activity with road trips, family vacations, and treasured visits to the cabin up north, where Marv shared his love of duck and deer hunting with his children.

As the children grew, marriages and births expanded the family by three “children-in-law” and seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 21.

Marvin was a beloved husband, father, brother, father-in-law, and grandfather, who had a long life filled with professional and personal successes.

As a testament to his success in his position at Honeywell, he rose to be a vice president in the legal division of human resources. He retired after more than 35 years of service to Honeywell.

Though he moved away from Dassel in his young adulthood, Marv always maintained close ties with the community, and there was never any doubt about where he would settle once he retired. Though wise men never said it, it bears saying now: You can take the man out of Dassel, but you can’t take Dassel out of the man. Here, he was always home.

Upon retirement, Marv kept busy with a variety of projects, starting with overseeing the design and construction of his and Barbara’s retirement home on Collinwood Lake, just outside Dassel. He undertook the planting of thousands of trees and the sowing of native grasses on the land around their house, as part of the DNR’s forest and prairie restoration projects.

Other projects included his involvement with the Steelesville Cemetery, helping both with its management and upkeep. Marv also pursued his interest in history, being an active member of the Dassel Historical Society, and working on an extensive research project that became a book he published that focused on his brother, John Granath’s experiences in World War II, as well as ongoing research into the Granath and Boo family histories.

Marv’s funeral took place Thursday, April 8 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel. He was interred in the family plot at the Steelesville Cemetery following the funeral service.

His wife, Barbara; children; and grandchildren survive him. He is already sorely missed.