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Marvin F. Lecher

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

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Marvin F. Lecher, age 85, a longtime Janesville resident and businessman, passed away Monday evening, June 4, 2007, at Mercy Hospital.

Interment took place Friday, June 8, 2007, at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Primghar.

He was born Nov, 4, 1921, in Sanborn, the son of the late Anthony and Lillian (Hoppe) Lecher. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during World War II in the South Pacific as an observation pilot. He received the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.

On Oct. 11, 1947, he married the former Jearaldine G. Pike in Duluth, Minn. She preceded him in death on Oct. 27, 2001. Marv owned and managed the Northwest Ice Cream Co. (Polar Sweets Ice Cream) in Spencer. He then worked many years as a general manager and owner of several Baskin-Robbins 31 Flavors Ice Cream Shops in Tucson, Ariz. and Coronado, Calif., and was one of the first 50 owners of the ice cream franchise. While visiting his wife's family in Janesville, they noticed the Penguin Drive-In on West Cort St. was for sale. They purchased it and renamed it the Frostie Freeze, running the operation until selling the business to their sons.

Marv was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Primghar, and also had been a past member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Londa Ann Gemeinhardt; a grandson, Ryan Gemeinhardt; and a sister, Marcella Jensen.

Marvin is survived by his daughter, Vicki Jae Rauscher and husband, Frank of Plano, Texas; his two sons: Danny Lecher and wife, Peggy of Milton, and Kip Lecher of Janesville; his son-in-law, Col. Donald Gemeinhardt (USAF-Ret.), of Cary, N.C.; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials in his name may be made to the Shepherd Center Foundation, 2020 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.