Hamilton County


John Wasson 'Jack' Marvel




John Wasson ‘Jack’ Marvel was born Nov. 14, 1921 to Kenneth Harold and Dorothy Mary Layne Gilmore Marvel. He died Dec. 1, 1984 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Jack served with the U.S. Army in World War II with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C.

His Obituary: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Dec. 3, 1984

J.W. (Jack) Marvel, 63, prominent longtime livestock market operator and businessman, died Saturday evening at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester Minn. following a short illness.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd with the Rev. Robert Wichael and Wayne Kamm, lay minister, officiating. Burial will be in the Graceland cemetery.

Friends may call at the Foster Funeral home until 9 a.m. Tuesday when the casket will be taken to the church. At the request of the family, the casket will remain closed.

John Wasson Marvel, son of Kenneth H. and Dorothy Layne Gilmore Marvel, was born Nov. 14, 1921 at Grand Junction, Colo. He was reared and educated in the Webster City area, being graduated in 1938 from Webster City high school. He attended Kemper Military School at Boonville, Mo. after which he attended the University of Iowa, graduating there in 1942. He was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity at the University.

He was united in marriage July 2, 1942 at Excelsior Springs. In December, 1942, he entered the U.S. Army, serving with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C. He attended the Potsdam and Quebec conferences. Following his discharge in 1945, he returned to Webster City and joined his father in the Marvel Livestock business.

Following the death of his father in 1951, he assumed the management of the business which he operated until 1968. The couple operated the Jack and Jill Store until 1979. During this period he was instrumental in the organization of the Central Iowa Stockyards. In 1958 he was one of the organizers of Life Investors Insurance Co. and served on its board of directors until 1963.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter and two sons, Mrs. Thomas (Judith) McLaughlin, Webster City; John E. Marvel of Denver, Colo., and James K. Marvel of Pella, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Ann McLaughlin, John and Michael Marvel, Steven and Stacey Snider, Jacob, Jana and Judson Marvel; one sister, Mrs. William (Peggy) Gordon or Orlando, Fla.; severals aunts and uncles.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, very active in the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and was a past president of the Fort Dodge Zags. He was member of the Elks and Moose Lodges, the American Legion, the University of Iowa I club and was an honorary member of the Hamilton County 4-H Foundation.

He was instrumental in the organization of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and served on several committees for the Diocese of Iowa.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children or for the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

Source: ancestry.com