Mitchell County

S/Sgt. Lester F. Marvin



Manly—Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Miller of Manly received word of the death of their nephew, S. Sgt. Lester Marvin, killed in action in France, Sept. 2.

Sgt. Marvin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Marvin, of Colwell. He had been in the service for almost 3 years, and had been overseas since November, 1943.

Previously wounded, the relatives had gathered from his letters that he was back again, and according to dates, only 8 days before he lost his life.

Survived by the parents and 3 sisters, Mrs. Don Crook and Mrs. Ivan Crook of Ionia; Mrs. George Crook of Rudd; and Mrs. Raymond Simpson and Phyllis, at home; and 4 brothers, Leslie Marvin serving in the South Pacific, and Dale, Robert and Keith at home.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 30, 1944


Memorial services for S. Sgt. Lester Francis Marvin, who was killed in action Sept. 2, will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Orchard church. The Rev. Stiles Lessley of Osage will officiate. Sgt. Marvin had been overseas with the infantry for 10 months. He was wounded in August, then returned to duty and was killed within 8 days.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 6, 1944 (photo included)

Services Will Be Held at Church in Orchard

Osage—Memorial services will be held Sunday at 3 p.m., at the Orchard church in charge of the Rev. Stiles Lessly, for S. Sgt. Lester Francis Marvin, oldest son of Walter and Pearl Emery Marvin. Wounded early in August while serving in France, he was again placed in active duty and killed 8 days later, Sept. 2, somewhere in France.

Lester Francis Marvin was born in Floyd county April 17, 1919. He spent his boyhood days in the community east of Orchard. He attended Grant school and was graduated from Orchard high school in 1938.

On Jan. 21, 1942, he married Rita Corbesia. Five days later he was inducted into the armed forces. He entered the infantry, receiving training at Camp Walters, Texas, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, and Camp McCoy, Wis. He spent 6 weeks in Louisiana.

He was sent overseas in October, 1943, first going to Ireland, then to England, thence to France.

Surviving are his parents at Colwell, his wife, 4 brothers, Pfc. Leslie Marvin in France, Dale, Robert and Keith at home, and 5 sisters, Mrs. Don Crooks, Ionia; Mrs. Ivan Crooks, Iona; Mrs. George Crooks, Rudd; Mrs. Raymond Simpson and Phyllis at home.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 10, 1944