Marvin L. Vanderham, 80, of Merrill, died suddenly Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Marvin Lee Vanderham was born Sept. 30, 1923, in Platte, S.D., the son of Fred and Kathryn (Davis) Vanderham. He received his education in the Platte area and graduated from Platte High School in 1941. Marvin was united in marriage to Delores Trometer of Merrill on Jan. 10, 1949, at Dakota City, Neb. Shortly after Marvin and Delores were married, Marvin entered the United States Army in January 1949. He later was transferred to the Iowa National Guard and served until November 1952. Marvin had earned the rank of Master Sergeant with Company K of the 133rd Infantry headquartered in Le Mars.
The couple had farmed for several years near Maurice and Ireton, and Marvin had also worked in a lumberyard in Le Mars for a couple of years. Marvin went to work for Sears in Sioux City until his retirement after 27 1/2 years in 1984.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed working in his garden and taking photographs of family and friends. He also enjoyed collecting cufflinks, fishing and golf. Marvin had been a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Merrill and had served on the church council.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Delores of Merrill; a son, Milton Vanderham of Sheldon; a daughter and son-in-law, Monyane and Al Ecker of Spencer; two grandchildren, Tina Hoben and her husband, Ben, of Muscatine, and Tanya and her fiancée Kevin Perkins of Spencer; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Kenneth Jacobsen of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Kathryn (Davis) Vanderham.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. John's Lutheran Church in Merrill, with the Rev. Dr. Klaus Raab officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Merrill, with military honors provided by the Olson-Halweg American Legion Post #125 of Merrill. Visitations was after 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a 5:30 p.m. prayer service Sunday.
Pallbearers were Randall Trometer, Bradley Pick, Kyle Kolker, Greg Barnes, Michael Jacobsen, Bob Martindale, and Greg Eilers.