Marvin Ordell Hawes, 86, Luverne, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
A funeral service was Monday, Feb. 3, at the United Methodist Church in Luverne. Burial with military honors followed at Jasper City Cemetery.
Marvin Hawes was born Dec. 15, 1933, to Floyd and Nina (Loeffler) Hawes on the family farm south of Jasper and west of Hardwick in Rose Dell Township, Rock County. He was baptized at the Springwater Church in rural Rock County and was later confirmed at the Methodist church in Jasper. He attended District 45 County School in Springwater Township through the eighth grade and then Jasper High School, graduating in 1951. He continued to work on the family farm until October of 1953 when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He reported to Ft. Bliss Texas for training in Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) and then was stationed at Loring Air Force Base Maine. After serving two full years during the Korean War, Marvin was honorably discharged at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, on Oct. 12, 1955. He then returned home to Minnesota.
On Aug. 23, 1958, Marvin married Sharon Bergin at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Garretson, South Dakota, and the couple settled on the Hawes family farm. Marvin worked the land and raised his family. In 1982 the Hawes four-generation family farm was recognized by the state of Minnesota as a certified Century Farm. Marv retired from farming in 1995 and began working in 1997 at Nordstrom Auto Recycling. A short time later the couple moved to Luverne. In 2000 Marv began helping part time at Sears in Luverne. In his mid 70s, Marvin was diagnosed with dementia. In September 2017 he moved into the Good Samaritan Communities nursing home in Pipestone. In December 2017 Marvin was transferred to the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne.
Marv was a member of the Methodist Church in Jasper and later the United Methodist Church in Luverne, where he served on several boards and as usher for many years. He also served on the Rose Dell Township Board for seven years. He enjoyed playing cards, especially the game of pinochle. Marv also enjoyed bowling, camping, riding bike, taking walks and ballroom dancing. Time spent with his grandchildren was especially precious to him.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Sharon of Luverne; three children, Curt (Chona) of Yorktown, Virginia, Connie of Hopkins, and Amy (Chris) Otto of Sheldon, Iowa; grandchildren, Casey and Carrie Hawes and Abigail Otto; five siblings, Shirley (David) Haroldson of Clive, Iowa, Marvel (Bert) Phillips of Lakeville, Lloyd (Carol) Hawes of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Arlen (Marla) Hawes of Crooks, South Dakota, and Sharon (Steve) Gilb of Mountain Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rosella Murphy, Marilyn Eustice, and Betty Lane; and one brother, Glenn Hawes.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.