Marvin F. Fischer, 80, of Le Mars, died Sunday, March 21, 2004, at the Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars.
Marvin F. Fischer was born Feb. 17, 1924, on the family farm in Stanton Township, rural Plymouth County, the son of Albert A. and Freda (Seiler) Fischer. He attended country school at Stanton #4 until the eighth grade before attending school in Le Mars. While in high school, Marvin became a charter member of the Future Farmers of America at Le Mars Central High School. Marvin graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1941. Following high school, Marvin continued farming with his father on the family farm in Stanton Township. On Jan. 10, 1951, Marvin was united in marriage to Elaine Thompson at the Church of the Nazarene in Le Mars.
Marvin became the third generation of Fischers to farm in Stanton Township. Along with his farming operation, he had raised purebred Hereford bulls and purebred Hampshire hogs. Marvin had remained active on the Century Farm well into his retirement years. He continued to be involved on the farm, assisting his son, Keith, who became the fourth generation of Fischers to farm in Stanton Township, until Marvin's illness in December 2003 prevented his daily trips to the farm.
Marvin loved the farm lifestyle. He was truly a steward of the land. He was an accomplished welder and was very mechanically gifted. He was a second generation Lester-Pfeister seed dealer and longtime member of the Plymouth County Farm Bureau. He served the community of Stanton Township as a trustee and clerk for many years.
Marvin and Elaine moved to Le Mars in November 1992. Elaine died on May 9, 1997. Marvin and Elaine had attended Evangelical United Brethren Church in Stanton Township and later the Merrill United Methodist Church. When the couple moved to Le Mars, they became members of the Le Mars Bible Church. Marvin's greatest joy in life was his family. He always made time for his grandchildren's activities.
Survivors include his four children, Kathleen and her husband, Dennis Mitchell, of Wayne, Neb., Keith Fischer of Merrill, Ruth and her husband, Larry Oetken, of Merrill, and Paul and his wife, Leisha Fischer, of Merrill; 11 grandchildren, a sister, Violet Schultz of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter-in-law, Diane Fischer, and a brother-in-law, Marvin Schultz.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Le Mars Bible Church with the Rev. Fred Gums and the Rev. Ken Koth officiating. Burial will be in the Stanton Township Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Le Mars Bible Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlsen Funeral Home of Le Mars.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jacob Fischer, Jordan Fischer, Seth Fischer, Benjamin Oetken, Trevor Oetken, and Shawn Oetken. Honorary pallbearers will be his granddaughters, Bethany Fischer, Marie Fischer, Miranda Fischer, Karie Mitchell and Kelly Mitchell.