Marvin Julius Tonn, age 87, of Glencoe, formerly of Lester Prairie, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
He was born Jan. 20, 1926, at the family’s home in Bergen Township, the son of Julius and Margaret (Hoof) Tonn. Marvin was baptized in the Christian faith as an infant Feb. 14, 1926, by the Rev. H. B. Witzke; and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth March 17, 1940, by the Rev. L. Seybold, both at the Evangelical and Reformed Church, now known as Prairie Community Church, in Lester Prairie.
Marvin helped on the family farm and received his education at a country school by Lester Prairie.
He entered active military service in the United States Army for a short time in the early 1950s, but was discharged to return to the family farm when his father’s health declined.
Marvin was united in marriage to Mabel Sandquist June 2, 1956, by the Rev. M. Wm. Anderson at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown. Marvin and Mabel made their home on the family farm near Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with one daughter and three sons, Mary, Michael, Matthew, and Maurice. The couple shared 57 years of marriage.
Marvin was a dairy farmer and raised crops until the early 1970s, when he sold the cows and took a job “in town.” He worked at Green Giant, Sterner Lighting, Glencoe Manufacturing, and for many years on the night shift at Bongards’ Creameries. Marvin would often use his vacation time from the creamery to work at Green Giant, driving tractor on the silage pile a job he truly enjoyed.
He was a lifelong member at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, serving as an usher and on several boards and committees over the years. Marvin and Mabel also performed janitorial duties at the church for many years.
Marvin was a member of the Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463 and the Farm Bureau.
He enjoyed working around the farm, often fixing and fabricating machinery; reading about the latest political happenings, goose and duck hunting, going to steam engine threshing shows, helping with church functions, and especially listening to “Hoolerie” music. He cherished the time spent with his family and friends.
When Marvin needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe, in 2003. He enjoyed the many visits from friends and relatives that he received while a resident there.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Mabel Tonn of Glencoe; children Mary Wilke and her husband, Rick, Michael Tonn and his wife, Christina, all of Hutchinson, Matthew Tonn and his wife, Melissa, and Maurice Tonn and his wife, Emily, all of Lester Prairie; and grandchildren Adam Wilke and his special friend, Bess Casey; Andrew Wilke and his special friend, Krystal Markwardt; Eric Tonn, Cole Tonn, Logan Tonn, Josie Tonn, Trevor Tonn, and Megan Tonn.
He is further survived by a sister, Lila Schmidtke and her husband, Dave, of Faribault; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Alvin Sandquist and his wife, Eleanor, of Granite Falls, Glen Sandquist and his wife, Elsie, and Gladys Cornell, all of Watertown, Lois Severson and her husband, Harold, of Lester Prairie, and Mary Ann Kamann and her husband, Roger, of Garrison; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Margaret Tonn; sister, Sophia Rolf; brothers-in-law Donald Cornell, Herbert Rolf, and Woodrow Titrud; and sister-in-law, Esther Titrud.
Funeral services took place Saturday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at Prairie Community Church in Lester Prairie, with the Rev. William Baldwin officiating. The organist and accordionist was Alice Nowak. Soloist Justin Rierson sang “How Great Thou Art” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “My Jesus I Love Thee” and “America The Beautiful.” Interment with military honors provided by Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463 followed at the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.
Marvin’s grandchildren; Adam Wilke, Andrew Wilke, Eric Tonn, Cole Tonn, Logan Tonn, Josie Tonn, Trevor Tonn, and Megan Tonn, were honorary casket bearers.
Casket bearers were Patrick Feltmann, Jim Klaustermeier, Paul Seefeldt, Wayne Severson, Eugene Feltmann, and Lee Titrud.
Arrangements were by the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel of Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.