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|Marvin G. Engelbart
September 13, 1924–December 6, 2008
|Marvin G. Engelbart age 84, of Marion, died Saturday, December 6, 2008 from a long illness with Parkinson Disease and Lewy Body Demintia.
Funeral services were held December 10th at the Lutheran Church of Resurrection in Marion. Friends called from 4 until 8 p.m. on December 9 at Goettsch funeral home in Anamosa.
Survivors include his wife Shirley (Law) Engelbart, four sons, Steve (Malinda) Engelbart, Bruce (Sherry) Engelbart both of Anamosa, Robin (Sue) Engelbart and Warren (Tracy) Engelbart both of Marion; six stepchildren: Gail (Gary) Stenerson of Santa Cruz, Ca., Barry (Judy) Law of Waggamon, La., Randy (Deb) Law of Cedar Rapids, Brenda (Greg) Randall of Springville, Jeff Law of Central City, and Rick Law and friend Maggie Summitt of Anthony, Fl. He is also survived by a sister Dorothy (Larry) Jones of Olin, nineteen grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives Elfrieda Engelbart and Betty Engelbart, two brothers Laverne and Galen; two sisters Joyce Engelbart and Arlene Kirkpatrick and a brother-in-law Keith Kirkpatrick.
Margin G. Engelbart was born on September 13, 1924, in Amber, Iowa. He was the son of Herman and Grace (Bodeker) Engelbart. Marvin graduated from Anamosa High School in 1942. On February 18, 1946 he was united in marriage with Elfrieda Louise Thomsen. They raised four sons and farmed for thirty-five years near Amber. The couple later divorced. Marvin and Betty (Hamilton) Engelbart were married November 20, 1981 at his home. She died of heart problems in November 1984. On September 7, 1985, Marvin and Shirley (Law) Engelbart were married at Amber, Iowa. The couple lived near Anamosa until 1988 when they moved to Marion. Marvin was a coin dealer and collector. He was also a member of the Cedar Rapids Coin Club.
Marvin was a member of Lutheran Church of Resurrection and had been a member of the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, Monticello. His health caused him to move to the Willow Gardens care center in November of 2007.
Marvin was awarded the Iowa Distinguished Dairyman award in 1979. His dairy operation under the name of Amberglo Farms, was an early advocate of free-stall and confinement feeding in Jones County. He was a state and national Holstein Association member. He had served as chairman of the Jones County Cooperative DHIA, the county extension council, the Jones County Dairy Promotion Board and the Linn-Jones Holstein Breeders Association. His dairy cattle progeny and their awards brought breeders from surrounding states and Canada to purchase cattle. Marvin had been a 4-H leader, served on the Jones County Fair Board, and was a member of the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church council for four years.
Even though his work was demanding, Marvin always loved taking time with family and friends during small getaway outings with brothers and sisters to nearby parks for picnics. He enjoyed fishing on the Mississippi, Wapsipinicon and Flambeau rivers and nearby lakes with his family. He supported his sons in sports and FFA activities over the years and his grandchildren�s activities as well. He enjoyed following the Hawkeyes and playing cards with family and friends
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