Marvin D. Slama, age 87, of Delano and Alexandria, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015.
He grew up near Canby, one of eight children born to David and Bertha Slama.
Marvin married Joyce Schwader Oct. 3, 1954.
They began their life together at Green Gables mobile home park in Wayzata, and made many lasting friendships.
The couple then raised their three children on a small farm near Delano, and became lifelong members of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.
Joyce succumbed to ALS in 1991. Eventually, Marv married Corrine Butenhoff, with whom he spent several happy years traveling, and visiting Apache Junction, AZ.
A jack-of-all-trades, Marv served in the Navy during the Korean conflict, and remained a proud veteran throughout his life. After his service, he serviced commercial coffee brewing equipment and raised livestock on their farm. He later owned a feed store in Watkins, where he is remembered as a helping hand in difficult times.
Marv divided his retirement years between a home in Maple Plain, and another in Apache Junction, AZ. He enjoyed organizing card games, pork-chop feeds, and trips into the surrounding countryside.
He eventually moved to Windmill Ponds in Alexandria, where he enjoyed bridge games and several volunteer projects.
Marv will be remembered for his humor, and his love of fishing, and Minnesota Twins baseball. He also enjoyed dancing, polka music, playing cards, and visiting with friends.
He is survived by his brother; two sisters; children; grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many friends around the country.
A memorial service took place Wednesday, April 29 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. There was a gathering of family and friends from 1-2 p.m, prior to the service at the church. Inurnment with military honors was at East Mt. Olive Cemetery, Delano.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home, Delano.