In Loving Memory of Marvin Lee Vorseth

From Bryant Dakotan, Nov. 28, 2007:

Marvin Lee Vorseth, 73, Bryant, SD, died Sunday, November 25, 2007 at the DeSmet Memorial Hospital in DeSmet. Servives have been set for 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 28, at United Church of Christ in Bryant with Rev. Marjie Bretton officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemeter, Bryant.

Marvin Lee Vorseth was born December 16, 1931 to Selmer and Marjorie (McLain) Vorseth on his grandparents farm 3 1/4 miles west of Bryant. he attended Washington Country School #42 and graduated from Bryant High School in 1950. he then started farming west of Bryant.

Marvin was drafted into the US Army on August 27, 1952. He served two years until being discharged on August 26, 1954 [was this the Korean War?].

Marvin returned to the Bryant area to resume farming. He was united in marriage to Deloris Kenny on September 17, 1960. The couple farmed together west of Bryant until 1992. At this time Marvin began working for Farmers Union Coop in Bryant until his retirement. Deloris died on November 25, 1998 and Marvin continued to live on the farm until the time of his death.

Marvin was baptized and confirmed at the United Church of Christ in Bryant where he was a lifelong member. He served many times as trustee and deacon. He was also a member of the Bryant American legion for 54 years.

Marvin is survived by his children Jeff Vorseth, Bryant, SD, Dawn (Mark) Narloch, Fargo, SD,and David (Dawn) Vorseth, Marysville, KS, two sisters, Barbara (Vernon) Benson, Grandville, MI, and Shirley (Don) Tobias, Phoenix, AZ, and one granddaughter, Sara Narlock.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Deloris.

Note: This "In Loving Memory..." account was sent to Pearl Stadem Ginther as a cut-out excerpt from the Bryant Dakotan paper by her youngest brother and youngest sibling, Rev. Leroy Stadem. He writes on the top of two accounts, one for Marvin Lee Vorseth and the other for Evelyn Storhaug: "I attended these [funeral services], saw lotz of folks, [close?) and distant relatives." Marvin Lee Vorseth, my relation, was 11 years older than I. He was born on my mother's graduation year from Augustana Academy, Canton, SD, in 1931. He lived up to two years before she turned 100 years of age, so he knew of her lifelong and probably looked forward to her Centennial Birthday Sept. 13, 2009. He read the Stadem reunion family news given in the paper year after year, no doubt. I don't know for now if he ever attended the reunions (though it is likely he did, and had many contacts with Alfred and Bergit Stadem and family in the past years), but he was certainly most welcome. Besides, he was a close neighbor to Plain View Farm! I took picture of his parents' old homestead in 2011 and 2012, and it is no longer kept up, as nobody is living in it anymore unfortunately. Some of the books from the bookcase in the house have been rescued, however. I have been wanting to hear what they might be as far as titles.

Barbara Vorseth Benson is the expert Stadem Genealogist, who has kept in close contact with the other branches of the Stadems as well as her own line of Vorseths, and she does this right up to this date. Copies of the Stadem Genealogy can still be obtained from her of the Stadem Genealogy by contacting her; they only cost $20 and contain color photographs, and she will forward updates as she gains new information, free of charge. (It might be nice, however, to thank her for her great contribution to us all and also forward her postage money from time to time as she sends out these updates.) We have family pictures of the Vorseths, thanks to Cousin Barb, showing Marvin at a younger age. I will update the website Veterans page we have to include him as a Gold Star Veteran. We are very thankful for his life and his contribution as a fine family man and Bryant area farmer who was faithful to his church and participated there in responsible positions, which is all in the finest Stadem family tradition, to be sure.--Ed.

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