February 12, 2012
10:30 A.M., Thursday, February 16, 2012
First Reformed Church
Beginning at Noon, Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Family present 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
July 10, 1922 - February 12, 2012
Marvin Earl Swank was born July 10, 1922, to Will and Cora (Van Genderen) Swank on a farm west of Harvey, Iowa. He passed away on February 12, 2012, at the Griffin Nursing Center in Knoxville, Iowa.
Marvin was raised on the family farm southeast of Sully. He attended the Rieder School in Jasper County through the sixth grade. Later he and his family lived northwest of Kilduff where he graduated from the eighth grade at the Elk Creek Independent School .
On September 28, 1944, Marvin was united in marriage with Sophia Ann Ter Louw at the home of her parents in Marion County. It was a double wedding ceremony with Marvin's sister, Dorothy, who married Ralph Vander Kamp. To this union, a daughter, Joyce, was born.
Marvin was engaged in farming south of Sully for forty years. Farming was his life, and he was involved in both livestock and grain production.
Marvin was a member of the First Reformed Church in Sully since 1927. He served on the consistory there, was active in Men's Brotherhood, and had been a Sunday School teacher. He was also involved in a jail ministry and was a member of the Gideons.
Marvin and Sophia moved from their farm to Sully in 1979. Later, in 1999, they moved to Pella. Marvin and Sophia entered the Griffin Nursing Center in 2007.
Those left to cherish Marvin's memory are the following: his wife of 67 years, Sophia, of Knoxville; his daughter, Joyce, and her husband, Byron C. Vander Molen of Pella; granddaughter Tammy (Don) Klynsma; grandson Russell (Mary) Vander Molen; granddaughter Robyn Vander Molen; great grandchildren Jeffrey, Dylan, and Sophie Klynsma, Mason, Jocelyn, and Tessa Vander Molen, and Blake and Zackery Vander Molen. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Vander Kamp of Sully, and sisters-in-law Leona Ter Louw of Pella and Louise Ter Louw of Edmond, Oklahoma.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, his brothers Lester Swank and Marion (Florence) Swank, his brothers-in-law John E. Ter Louw, Gerald (Nellie) Ter Louw, Lester "Buck" Ter Louw, and Ralph Vander Kamp.