Calvin Marvin was born May 4, 1927, in rural Hospers, the son of William and Matilda (Muyskens) Korver. He was first raised on a farm south of Hospers, where he attended country school. At the age of 10, he drove a team of horses to help his family move to a farm south of Carnes. He worked as a hired man on many farms when he was a teenager. As a young man, he was employed at Silent Sioux in Orange City.
On Jan. 12, 1951, he married Angeline Dena Sandbulte in Carmel. They first lived on a farm near Struble. In 1952, they moved to their farm south of Alton, where they lived until June of 2007, when he became a resident of the Long Term Care Facility.
Mr. Korver was a member of the Alton Reformed Church, where he participated in the Men's Brotherhood and Adult Sunday School. He and his wife consistently supported missions. He enjoyed singing in quartets and with relatives around the family piano.
They liked entertaining others, especially children and several groups of Japanese students. He gave them rides on horses, sleds, and tractors. Often, while Angeline was making one of her fabulous meals, he would be playing practical jokes. Their visitors left the farm with fond memories.
"Cal" was a successful dairyman and loved studying dairy genetics to develop his herd. He was not afraid of hard work and a faithful steward of the land. He served the community as a trustee of Nassau Township.
Survivors include his wife of more than 57 years; five children and their spouses, Miriam and David Hector, of Le Mars; Debra and Cornie Wassink, of Alton; Carlois Mirpuri, of Palm Bay, Fla.; Martin and Molly Korver, of Alton; and Eileen and Terry Johnson, of Milford; 12 grandchildren, Karlton and Craig Hector; the Rev. Matthew and Ryan Wassink; Sharina, Shivani, and Shalini Mirpuri; Seth and Dane Korver; and Clark, Olivia, and Milan Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Hannah and Hailey Korver and Case Benjamin Wassink; and four sisters and two brothers, Jeneva Hofmeyer, of Sheldon; the Rev. Harold Korver, of Paramount, Calif.; Willard Korver, of Tulsa, Okla.; Harriet Brouwer, of Dexter, Mich.; and Gladys Vander Berg and Arloa Te Stroete, both of Sioux Center.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn, at the age of 3; and a brother, Dr. A. G. Korver.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. today (Monday) at the Alton Reformed Church in Alton. The Rev. Richard Kooistra, the Rev. Harold Korver, and the Rev. Matthew Wassink officiated Interment followed at the Nassau Township Cemetery near Alton. Visitation was after 4 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials may be directed to United Christians International, Post Office Box 51, Orange City, Iowa 51041, for Kristi and JeanJean Mompreimere, missionaries to Haiti.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.oolman.com.