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Marvin Lecher

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Marvin F. Lecher, 85, of Janesville, Wis., formerly of Spencer and Sanborn, passed away Monday, June 4, 2007, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.

A visitation was held Thursday evening, June 7, 2007, at the Whitcomb-Lynch-Albrecht Funeral Home in Janesville. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar.

Mr. Lecher, the son of Anthony and Lillian (Hoppe) Lecher, was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Sanborn. He married the former Jearaldine Pike in Duluth, Minn. on Oct. 11, 1947.

Marvin Lecher served as an observation pilot in the South Pacific during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Air Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Primghar and a past member of the Masonic Lodge and the Shriners.

Mr. Lecher owned and managed the Northwest Ice Cream Co., also referred to as Polar Sweets Ice Cream, in Spencer. He then worked for 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. The Lechers purchased it and renamed it the Frostie Freeze, running the operation until selling the business to their sons.

Mr. Lecher was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jearaldine, a daughter, Londa Gemeinhardt, a grandson, Ryan Gemeinhardt, and his sister, Marcella Jensen.

Mr. Lecher is survived by one daughter: Vicki Rauscher of Plano, Texas, and her husband, Frank; two sons: Danny Lecher of Milton, Wis. and his wife, Peggy, and Kip Lecher of Janesville, Wis.; son-in-law Col. Donald Gemeinhardt of Cary, N.C.; five grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Memorials in Marvin Lecher's name may be made to: Shepherd Center Foundation, 2020 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30309.