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LaVerne Marvin Osceola

LaVerne Marvin, 79, of Osceola died Oct. 4, 2012, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Maple Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Phil Coe officiated. Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to his family for a fitting tribute to be decided at a later time.

LaVerne Marvin, son of Eva Eula (Neagle) and Charles Marvin, was born May 7, 1933, in Decatur County.

LaVerne lived nearly his entire life in the Osceola area.

LaVerne graduated from Osceola High School in 1953 and later served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. LaVerne was a member of Item Company, 2nd Marine Division, which appeared in the movie “Battle Cry.” He was seen as one of the fighting Marines during filming, while he was in training at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

On Sept. 8, 1957, LaVerne married Norma JoAnn Eddy in Osceola.

LaVerne worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation and retired as a supervisor after 37 years of service.

LaVerne was a former member of Osceola Volunteer Fire Department and served as one of the first members of the dive team.

LaVerne is survived by his wife JoAnn Marvin of Osceola; daughter Beth (Rodney) Redman of Osceola; sisters, Beverly McNaughton of Boone and Shirley (Douglas) Akers of Leon; brothers, Gene LeRoy (Patty) Marvin of Lewisville, Texas, and Rich (Sharon) Marvin of Osceola; grandchildren, Stuart, David, Jacob and Sydnee Redman, all of Osceola; great-grandchildren, Connor and Jonah Redman of Osceola; as well as other relatives and many friends.

LaVerne was preceded in death by his parents; son Michael Marvin; brother in infancy Delbert Marvin; brother Charles “Chick” Marvin Jr.; and sister Thelma Hill.

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