Marvin Arthur Marohn, age 87, of Annandale, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at his home.
Funeral services will take place Monday, March 19 at 4 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Annandale, with Rev. Thomas Queck officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery, Annandale.
There will be visitation Sunday, March 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 8 p.m.; continuing Monday, one hour prior to the service.
Michael Starke, Charles Gruys, George Potthoff, Jonathon Strohschein, David Strohschein, Marcus Strohschein, and Scott Douglas will serve as pallbearers; with Jill Gruys, Madilyn, Tanner, Holly, and Maxwell Marohn serving as honorary pallbearers. The Rev. Ken Tatkenhorst and Laura Thurk will provide music for the service.
Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, guestbook and video tribute online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.
Marvin was born Feb. 16, 1931, in Annandale, to Robert and Martha Marohn. He was baptized March 22, 1931, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Middleville Township; and confirmed in his faith Aug. 5, 1945, at Zion Lutheran Church in Annandale.
During his high school years in Annandale, Marv excelled in sports, where his leadership qualities showed through and he was named captain for many of the teams.
In 1949, Marv graduated from Annandale High School. He furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in business.
While in college, Marv took military officer training courses and upon his college graduation, was commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Marines Corps, where he honorably served his country. While stationed at Camp Pendleton, Marv studied at the Atomic, Biological and Chemical Warfare school as a part of the 9th motor transport unit.
It was at Camp Pendleton that Marv met his future bride, Bernice Zurawski. Marv and Bernice were united in marriage Dec. 31, 1955, in St. Louis Park.
The couple returned to Annandale, where Marv took over his father’s business, Marohn’s Produce. After 10 years of selling eggs and poultry, Marohn’s Produce closed.
Marv entered the insurance business briefly, selling for Aid Association for Lutherans. After about a year, he decided to get into the grocery business, and began looking for a store to buy.
He and Bernice decided to build a new store, Marv’s Red Owl. Together, Marv and Bernice physically assisted in building of the store from the ground up and in 1967, the store officially opened. With his entrepreneurial spirit, Marv took his business ventures to the nearby communities of Buffalo and Cokato.
As a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, Marv held various offices and positions within the church.
In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved watching Minnesota sports teams, with the Annandale Cardinals remaining amongst the top. Marv’s lifelong love of sports and his spirit of giving will be honored in the naming of the new ball field at the Annandale Recreation Park.
Marv adored his grandchildren, and was often found in the stands cheering them on in their various activities. Above all, Marv delighted in being in the presence of his family.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Julie and Ronald Starke, Robert and Valerie Marohn, all of Annandale, and Matthew and Vicki Marohn of Maple Lake; sister, Nora Bell of Wayzata; grandchildren and their spouses, Jill and Charles Gruys, Michael and Teresa Starke, and Madilyn, Tanner, Holly, and Maxwell Marohn; great-grandchildren, Kinsley and Beckham Starke, and Miles and McKenna Gruys; and nieces, nephews, other family members, friends, and numerous colleagues and employees.
Marv was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister Viva Strohschein; and brothers-in-law Marcus Strohschein and Duane Bell.