Marv Eden

Marvin Eden

May 4, 1922 – Dec. 24, 2017

FREMONT -- Marvin J. Eden, age 95, of Fremont died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at Dunklau Gardens.

Marv was born May 4, 1922, on the family farm in Crab Orchard. His parents were Pete and Minnie Eden. He grew up in Sterling and attended the rural school. Marv played on the high school basketball team and graduated in 1939. On Sept. 17, 1942, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Marv went to Kearnes, Utah, for his boot camp duties and served as an aircraft electrician after graduating from the California Boeing School of Aeronautics in Oakland, California. Marv spent over 3 ½ years in service during WWII, with 2 ½ years of that time in the south Pacific theater of operations. He was stationed in New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies.

After being honorably discharged, he entered the University of Nebraska College of Agriculture in 1946, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture in 1950. After graduation, he taught Agricultural Education in Nebraska City. In 1952, Marv became a sales rep for an agriculture chemical and seed company covering eastern Nebraska and southern Iowa for 10 years. From 1964 until 1984, he worked for Federated Mutual Insurance Company and retired as a Senior Marketing Representative. Marv was chairman of the Fremont Housing Authority and actively involved with them for 21 years. He was instrumental in the development of the Fremont Senior Center constructed at Christensen Field and was a member of the Board of Directors and past chairman. He was a member and past chairman of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging in Omaha. A member of VFW Post 854 in Fremont and past president of the Fremont Kiwanis Club, lifetime member of the Lutheran Church of American and a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont. Marv was an avid golfer and a member of the Fremont Golf Club. He was also on the board of directors of the Lower Platte North Natural Resource District.

Marvin married Wilma Novak on June 8, 1947. They had two sons, Ron and Verlyn. After the passing of Wilma, he married Pat Crim on June 20, 1998.

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Marv is survived by his wife, Pat; sons, Ron (Marylou) Eden and Verlyn Eden; grandchildren, Alex (Erica) Eden, Brian (Abby) Eden, Michelle (Nick) Lahr, Brandon Eden and Ben (Amanda) Eden; five great-grandchildren; stepsons, Steve and Mark Williams; and stepdaughter, Beth Bowman; and five stepgrandchildren.

Marv was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Walter and Norman; two sisters, Lucille and Ruth; wife, Wilma, daughter-in-law, Terry; and granddaughter-in-law, Brook.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont. Visitation will be Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ludvigsen Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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