Francis Marvin

October 27, 2013

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Updated: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 04:31:17 CST

Funeral Services for Francis W. “Butch” Marvin will be conducted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Alma, Nebraska with Pastor Larry Doubet officiating. Interment will be held following the services at 2:30 p.m. in the Norcatur Cemetery at Norcatur, Kansas with military honors provided by the Harmonson-Redd American Legion Post #63 in conjunction with the United States Army Military Honor Guard.

Francis Wayne “Butch” Marvin, 67 years of age, of Alma, passed away on Sunday, October 27, 2013 at his home in Alma following being diagnosed with cancer two weeks prior. Butch was born September 21, 1946 at Ames, Iowa, the second of eleven children born to Leslie “Shorty” and Leola (Bahlman) Marvin. The family made their home at Norcatur, where Butch received his education and graduated from Norcatur High School with the class of 1965.

Following graduation, Butch was proud to have served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from January 12, 1966 until his honorable discharge on January 11, 1968.

After his service, Butch made his home in Norton, Kansas. On May 28, 1968 he was united in marriage to Barbara Lou Alexander at the Norton County Courthouse. To this union three children were born: two daughters: Tamara Jo and Sondra Dee and one son, Scott Francis. The family made their home in Norton until 1969 when they moved to Beaver City, Nebraska. In 1979, they began to make their home in Alma. Through the years, Butch was employed as an auto mechanic and then the Nebraska Department of Roads until his retirement in 2005. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barb of 45 years on November 1, 2012.

Butch was baptized with his family in the Harlan County Lake by Pastor Duane Russell in 1988. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Alma, where he served as an elder. Butch was also the Alma Cemetery sexton for several years and volunteered his services to many community events as well.

Butch enjoyed having coffee and visiting with his many close friends. He loved spending time with his family, especially the special times spent with his grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Barb he was preceded in death by his mother, Leola Marvin and one brother, Richard Marvin.

He leaves to mourn his passing; his three children: Tammy Wagner of Holdrege, Nebraska, Sondra Petrie of Norton, and Scott Marvin of Hill City, Kansas; his father, Shorty Marvin of Alma; seven grandchildren: Samantha Ripp, Paul and Bailee Wagner, Terry Petrie, Jr., Tanner Furbush, Tevin Petrie and Troy Marvin; in addition he is also survived by his nine siblings: Linda, Betty, Carol, Kenneth, Mary, Larry, Kathy, Stephanie, and Lester, their families and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma.

A memorial has been established in Butch’s honor and kindly suggested to the Hero’s to Hero’s to assist disabled veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Bauer-Torrey & Mach Funeral Home in Alma is in charge of arrangements.