OBITUARY - MARVIN DILLENBURG
Marvin Earl DILLENBURG was born at home in rural Diagonal on February 3, 1933 and passed away June 22, 2009 at Mercy
Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines of a heart attack. He was second of ten children born to Arlo & Ethel (REYNOLDS)
Marvin started to school in rural Diagonal and moved with family later to Arispe, IA where he graduated with the class of
1951. In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an assistant machine gunner. Marvin was discharged in 1955.
Farming is what Marvin wanted to do. He worked for different farmers after the service. On December 6, 1956, Marvin was
united in marriage to Alice Marie RINNER. In January 1957, he started working for Glen LEASON as a farm hand for nine
years. When Glen retired, he sold his machinery to Marvin & Alice and they were out on their own. They rented Glenís farm
for a couple of years; then they farmed one year at Kellerton and one year at Diagonal and then five years on Andy
ANDERSONís farm. They eventually bought the Ray EVERLING farm where they went into dairying and at one time, milked over
40 head of cows. Marvin won several awards through D.H.I.A. Milk Company and as an A.S.C.S. committeeman. In 1970, Marvin
& Alice adopted four year old Teresa Ann, whom Marvin enjoyed helping show dairy calves in 4-H.
In 1985, Marvin suffered a tumor on his pituitary gland and the doctor recommended he leave the farm.
Marvin worked a short time at Mount Ayr Manufacturing and as a security guard at Prairie Meadows in Des Moines. Farm blood
prevailed and Marvin helped John KIBURZ from time to time on the farm. In 1994, they sold the farm and moved to Mount
Ayr. He volunteered to deliver meals for congregate meals for seven years. He truly liked playing cards with his friends
at the meal site. He cared very much about the people he delivered to. He will surely be missed.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Arlo & Ethel; parents-in-law Lawrence & Nellie RINNER; brothers Burl, Duane,
and Robert; brothers-in-law Fred RINNER and Joe DANELS; sister-in-law Helen DILLENBURG; two nieces and one nephew.
He leaves to mourn his passing wife Alice DILLENBURG of Mount Ayr; daughter Teresa Ann DILLENBURG of Creston; one brother
Jim DILLENBURG of Omaha, NE; five sisters Donna (Kenneth) HOWELL of Altoona, IA, Verna (Bob) MARTIN of Mount Ayr; Janis
DANELS of Ottumwa, IA, Mary Ellen DILLENBURG of Mount Ayr, and Lois (Harold) BAKER of Keosauqua, IA; brothers-in-law
George RINNER of Greenfield, IA, Charles (Ellen) RINNER of Creston, IA; sisters-in-law Mary Etta DILLENBURG of Freemont,
NE, Jeanne (Bill) THOMPSON of Dacono, CO, Nita (George) SPENCER of Lorimor, IA and Betty DILLENBURG of Ohio; several
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services were held Saturday, June 27, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. from Watson-
Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Burial with military rites by Ringgold Post #172 were at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Memorials are to the family.
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