Marvin was born in New Haven, Michigan, to Oscar and Bertha (Krenick) on Nov. 24, 1931.
From a young age, Marve yearned to be a cowboy. He began chasing his dream at age 15 when he made his way to Texas. Unfortunately, cowboy gigs weren’t plentiful or 15-year-olds couldn’t be trusted, so he ended up working in a mortuary to make ends meet.
He served in the Korean war attaining the rank of sergeant. His rebellious demeanor showed when he jumped ship for his one-and-only chance to see Hawaii. As a result, he was busted back down to buck private. It didn’t much matter when he was in his leathers riding his Indian motorcycle. He worked as an electronic technician with RCA and found himself maintaining the two-way radio system during the construction of the Mackinac bridge.
He met Yvonne (Bonnie) Lee Maddern to whom he married on Sept. 21, 1957, and they lived in Ohio. They landed in Sears, Michigan, in 1972. His ability to do most any type of job came in handy for his work at a dairy and then the Michigan Northern Railroad.
With the cowboy bug calling ever more earnestly, and the railroad making cuts, Marve again made a push for the West. He got his dream job of cowboy working at the Two Dot Ranch in Cody, and they made Cody their home. He never truly retired but kept himself busy hunting, cutting wood, camping, and doing chores, odd jobs and favors for his many friends.
Marve is survived by his wife Bonnie; sister Dorothy (Charles) Lowery of Houghton Lake, Michigan, son Bryan (Janine) of Madison, South Dakota, daughter Shelly Buffalo Calf of Lincoln, New Mexico, grandchildren Kara Duren of Seattle, Jacob (Kaitlin) of Mitchell, South Dakota, Jessica of Brookings, South Dakota, niece Debbie, nephews Daniel and David, a few cousins in Michigan, many dear friends and his best little pal Bodi.
Memorials can be made to his favorite charities: St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Disabled Veterans of America.