Garden Chapel

Marvin May

June 10, 2010
Des Moines, Iowa

10:30 A.M., Monday, June 14, 2010
Third Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

9:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M., Sunday, June 13, 2010
Garden Chapel Funeral Home and
3:00-5:00 P.M., Sunday, with family present
Third Reformed Church
Pella, Iowa

Third Reformed Church – Short-Term Missions
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Oakwood Cemetery
Pella, Iowa

In Memory Of

Marvin May

January 15, 1940 - June 10, 2010

Marvin Dwight May was born January 15, 1940 in Knoxville, Iowa to Frank and Mabel Scott May.

He was raised and educated in the Tracy, Bussey, Knoxville area and graduated from Attica High School in 1958.

On October 10, 1958 he married the love of his life, Marilyn I. Terpstra at the Lynnville Friends Church. Marv made many trips to the Lynnville-Sully area to catch this gal and keep her for over fifty-one years. They were blessed with three wonderful children: son Mark and daughters Monica and Melissa.  Marv and Marilyn made Pella their home ever since their wedding day.

Marv began working for the Rolscreen Company in 1959 on a construction crew, helping build one of the plant buildings across the street.  After a few months Marv got a job inside the Rolscreen plant.  He worked on the line and various other jobs before he started taking some schooling, eventually working in the Maintenance Department at Pella Corporation.  He went to DMACC and earned several certifications for his job.  Eventually he worked on the electrical and boiler systems until he was disabled because of heart problems in 1992.  He worked at Pella Corporation for thirty-three years before retirement.  

During his lifetime, Marv struggled with heart problems.  In 1965 at the age of twenty-five he underwent open heart surgery at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City to close a hole in his heart.  He then became diabetic.  He also had many kidney surgeries and procedures.  At the age of fifty-two his heart problems forced him to take early retirement.  During these years Marv and Marilyn built and sold several homes in the Pella area with Marv at the command as general contractor.  With Marilyn at his side they enjoyed and managed many more years of working together to provide for their family.

Marvin was a member of Third Reformed Church for fifty-one years where he served in youth leadership and as a deacon. Marv loved to work on cars, hunt, fish, and build homes.

The family enjoyed many, many happy times together camping.  Marv and Mark built their first camper with Marilyn sewing the canvas.  Horse shows were so fun…again Marv and Mark built a barn from taking apart skids and that served as housing for the kid’s horse.

As the children got older, boating became a big part of family life and continues to be so for the children and grandchildren.  A yearly trip to the Ozarks was always a highlight and still is to this day.  Dad was the “hub of the wheel!”  Enjoying the good times, especially with the grandkids, always made his day brighter.

Left to remember him and rejoice in his “going home” to be with his Lord are: his wife, Marilyn; son, Mark (Lori) May and their children Loni May, Ross May, and Lacy (Andy) Lundgren; daughter Monica (Vince) Newendorp and their children Brett, C.J., and Kyle Newendorp; daughter Melissa (Randy) Steenhoek and their children Aaron, Austin, and Hali Steenhoek; also his dear sister Nancy (Larry) Hall and nephew Jai.

Marv was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mabel May.

Marv will be deeply missed by his family.  Our comfort is in knowing he went to be with the Lord and will experience “no more pain” that was a part of his life for many, many years.

Praise be to our God!

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