Marvin Widmann, age 88, passed away Sunday October 13, 2019 in Mitchell, SD. The family will greet friends from 3:00-5:00 pm Sunday, October 20, at Miller Funeral Home 507 S. Main Avenue. A memorial service will begin at 11:00 am Monday at First Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church Music Department or the YMCA.
Marvin Fred Widmann was born in Mitchell, SD to Walter and Nellie Widmann on September 17, 1931. He grew up in Mitchell until the age of 7 years old and moved to Sioux Falls in 1938. Marv attended school at Whittier, Washington High School and graduated from Cathedral High then attended Augustana College.
Marv married Dolly Plageman on January 22, 1950 and they were blessed with four children. Marv worked for John Morrell & Company over 40 years in the Watch and Police department before retiring and then worked at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport in security for 13 years.
Marv was a member of First Lutheran Church and was a member of the choir for 50 years. He also served on the Music and Worship board and the Pastoral Care Board for First Lutheran Church.
Marv believed in giving back to the community and had many lifetime accomplishments. Marv was a volunteer YMCA leader and coach for 53 years and received numerous awards including the Tri-State Tournament Award, the YMCA Hall of Fame Award and the Bill Olson Award. He coached all of his children in basketball and softball and one of his highlights was the girls’ consecutive State Championships from 1969 to 1972. In 1987 he was awarded the B’Nai B’Rith Sportsman of the Year Award.
Marv was a past President of Laura B. Anderson PTA and was awarded Life Membership of the PTA. He was involved in Scouts for 8 years and in 1975 he was awarded the United Way Volunteer award. In 1999 he received the Jefferson Award for volunteer in service of Community,
Marv was on the Board of Directors for over 30 years with Morrell Credit Union / Service First Federal Credit Union and was named Volunteer of the Year for the Sioux Valley Chapter of Credit Unions in 2002.
Marv lived by his favorite quote “Not only at Christmas but all the yearlong through, the joy that you give others is the joy that comes back to you” John Greenleaf Whittier.
After proudly serving his community for so many years, he found joy in the companionship of his beloved partner and earth-angel, Doris Jamison. They loved to travel to Florida, Lake Havasu, Canada, Alaska and spent many summers in the Black Hills and numerous other places. Marv often told his family how lucky he was and how fortunate him and Doris got along and how happy they made each other. They were both very proud how each family accepted each other as their own.
Marvin is survived by his children, Gary (Mary) Widmann, Lynn (Jim) Namanny, Joni (Jim) Kyriaco and Matt (Jill) Widmann; 8 Grandchildren – Traci (Kory), Trisha (Jason), Thad (Heather), Scot (Kendra), Jill (Steve), James Jr. (Angie), Jaysa and Alexa (Andy); 16 Great grandchildren – London, Cayman, Ryder, Jet, Izla, Ty, Tori, Caden, Cassidy, Marillya, Kenley, Nolan, Ember, Willow, Stella and Zellyn; His partner, Doris Jamison and extended family, Brad (Donna) Jamison, Paige (Dave) Ratke; 2 Grandchildren – Kari (Justin), Chase (Jenna); and 5 Great grandchildren – Diesel, Hansel, Navy, Clara and Felix; His sisters, Millie McCreedy, and Mary Ann McGuire and a host of other relatives and friends.
Marv was preceded in death by wife Dolly, grandson Dylan, brothers, Walter, Ronald and DeWayne and sisters, Irene, Lois and Mitzie.