Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at Bethel Baptist Church in Newell. Burial was in the Newell Cemetery with full Military Rites by the Newell American Legion Post #193. The Fratzke & Jensen Funeral Home in Newell was in charge of the arrangements.
Marvin C. Johnson was born Aug. 5, 1924 in Laurens, the son of G.W.E. and Sylvia (Weeks) Johnson. He was baptized into the Christian faith. Growing up, Marvin attended school in Laurens where he graduated from Laurens High School in 1943.
On May 15, 1943, Marvin enlisted in the United States Army Air Force where he served his country during World War II until he was honorably discharged on Feb. 20, 1946.
On Oct. 13, 1946, Marvin was united in marriage to Mary Smith in Laurens. Together, they were blessed with five children: Steve, Sue, William, Marilee, and Marilyn.
Marvin was an active member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Newell. He belonged to the Newell American Legion and was a volunteer fireman for 25 years. Marvin enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, dominos and board games. He loved his family and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary, of 64 years; children: Steve Johnson of Pomeroy; Sue (Tim) Christiansen of Ashton; Marilee (Delbert) Knerr of Columbia, Mo.; Marilyn Christiansen of Winfield; grandchildren: Chris Johnson; Jason (Vanessa) Johnson; Tyler Johnson; Lynn Johnson; Ona (Jeff) Johnson; Ami Steffen; Jared (Sarah) Knerr; Zachary Knerr; Caleb Knerr; Amanda Knerr; Jacob Knerr; Elizabeth Knerr; Grace Knerr; Kelsey Christiansen; thirteen great grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; sister, Alice Simonsen of Oxford; brother, Lowell (Jean) Johnson of Urbandale; extended family and many friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; son, William; sister, Helen; brothers, Charles and Wendell.