MARCUS -- Richard V. Garvin, 75, of Marcus, died peacefully Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer.
Richard Vincent Garvin was born Oct. 13, 1929, in Marcus, the son of Vincent L. and Luella (Grauer) Garvin. He grew up in the Marcus area and graduated from Holy Name High School. He served in the U.S. Marines from 1951 until 1953.
On Sept. 26, 1953, he married Velma Schwartz in Hartington, Neb. He worked in the Marcus area farming, as a milkman, truck driver and as an aide at the Cherokee Mental Health Institute. He and his wife, Velma, owned an operated the Marcus Greenhouse for 43 years.
He will always be remembered for his fun-loving personality and playing with the young at heart. He looked forward to the many trips to Lake Okoboji, summer and winter, fihsing, playing cards, fun in the sun and snow. He loved being "Dickels" the clown, making balloon animals for anyone who was near. He taught us how to do things with our hands, help others, and have faith in God.
He was a member of the Holy Name Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion, and was a clown for the Sioux City Sillies.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Velma of Marcus; two sons, Chuck Garvin and his wife, Carol, of Le Mars, and Dean Garvin and his wife, Sheila, of Sioux City; three daughters, Katie Blount and her husband, Richard, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., Diane Smitha nd her husband, Mark, of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Karen Wauhob and her husband, Kevin, of Sioux City; 10 grandchildren: Brett, Justin and Corey Garvin, Jill and Amy Garvin, Coleman, Dylan and Stephanie Smith, and Aeriel and Tanner Wauhob; three sisters, Phyllis Henke and her husband, Cletus of Cherokee, Ruth VanderHaag and her husband, John of Sanborn, and Mary Brady and Bernelle Ebert of Huntington Beach, Calif.; one brother, George Garvin and his wife, Kelly, of Meriden; and one sister-in-law, Cathy Garvin of Mankato, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Charles and Lee Garvin; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Schwartz.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus with the Rev. Eugene Murray officiating. Burial will be in Holy Name Catholic Cemetery, with graveside military honors conducted by F.I. Goodburn Post 417 of Marcus. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. today (Monday), at the Earnest-Rohde Funeral Home in Marcus. There will be a Knights of Columbus rosary at 3 p.m. and a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice.