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Marvin Anderson

Friday, December 7, 2007

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Services for Mr. Marvin Anderson, 72, of Sioux Rapids, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Spencer. Rev. Clair Boes will officiate the service.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the Warner Funeral Home of Spencer.

Interment will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 following the lunch at the church, at Liberty Cemetery of Greenville.

Marvin passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

Marvin Carl Anderson was born on Nov. 30, 1935, at the home of Carl D. Anderson and Nelma (Carlson) Anderson near Alta. He attended Fairview School, which was a mile from his home, and graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in vocational agriculture. His first teaching job was at Greenville-Rossie Community School, in Rossie, Iowa, where he taught vocational agriculture. In 1958, he interrupted his teaching career to join the Army National Guard. After six months of active service, he returned to Greenville-Rossie and taught there until its consolidation with Royal Community School to form Clay Central Community School.

In 1961, he married Colleen Brown in Jackson, Minn. In 1967, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Education from Iowa State University. He continued to teach at Clay Central Community School in the Industrial Arts Department until he purchased the farm north of Sioux Rapids, Iowa in 1968. After the purchase, he taught Industrial Arts at Sioux Rapids Community School and began to farm. In 1975, he quit teaching to become a full-time farmer, specializing in egg production. Throughout the years, he expanded both the poultry production and the agriculture, particularly in hay. He was essentially a conservator of the land, returning fragile acres to grassland and planting thousands of trees as well as constructing waterways and farm ponds to prevent erosion.

He was a member of the Sioux Rapids-Rembrandt School Board and served on the Clay County Agriculture Extension Committee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin sister, Marlys; his brothers: Keith and Jim; and his sister, Annette Johnson.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Colleen (Coke); his daughter Angela DeGooyer and her husband Todd; his daughter Jeannette Raglen and her husband, Lance of Reno, Nev.; his three grandsons; and his sisters: Enid Peters of Roseville, Calif. and Janet Schive of Marshalltown.

Memorials can be directed to the Abben Cancer Center of Spencer.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.