Marvin Victor Asmus, 75, of Scottsbluff, died peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Heritage Estates in Gering.
His funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Salem Congregational Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Dale Brown officiating. The family requests casual dress. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff.
There will be a time of remembering Marvin's life on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m., at Dugan-Kramer Funeral Chapel. Friends, who wish, may also call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Salem Congregational Church and Prairie Haven Hospice. Tributes of sympathy may be left at www.dugankramer.com.
Marvin was born March 8, 1938 in Lyman, to Victor and Esther (Heimbuch) Asmus. He received his early education in Lyman and graduated from Lyman High School with the Class of 1956. Besides playing in band, he participated in all sports and received numerous awards in track, football, and basketball. He developed a strong singing voice and was one of four boys from Nebraska selected to sing with the National Chorus of Future Farmers of America in Kansas City. After high school, he attended Chadron State College.
Marv, his brother Ron, and their father, Vic, farmed in the Lyman area until the family moved to Scottsbluff in 1958. On September 20, 1959 Marvin married Joyce E. Bauer in Gering. They lived in Scottsbluff for several months and in 1960 moved to Lyman to farm the family farm and raise cattle. In 1970, he joined his father Vic and Leo Rychecky in the real estate business and eventually started practicing auctioneering as well. In 1981 Marv and his brother Ron acquired the Asmus & Rychecky Real Estate business and changed the name to Asmus Brothers Real Estate Broker and Auctioneers. They ran a very successful real estate business and provided auctioneering services for hundreds of farm, machinery, and household auctions. They sold the business in 2001 at which time Marvin retired.
Marv was a member of Salem Congregational Church where he sang in the choir, and served on the board. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge.
In his earlier years, Marvin was a softball player and then became an avid bowler and golfer. When his two sons were in school, he coached little league baseball. He eventually bought a boat and spent every weekend boating, skiing and camping at Lake Minatare. He especially enjoyed an Alaska fishing trip with his son Jeff in 2008.
Marv loved to gamble, play cards and cribbage and he played in many Gin Rummy tournaments in Las Vegas. He was also an avid WNCC Cougar fan and traveled to many of the out-of-town games and tournaments.
Marv used his singing talent to sing for numerous weddings and funerals. He had a love for music and especially loved to listen to gospel groups. He loved talking with people and especially loved visiting with his nieces and nephews. He was a good husband and father and will be missed by all.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Joyce, and son Jeffrey Allan Asmus, both of Scottsbluff; brothers, Ronald (Wendy) Asmus, Scottsbluff, Paul (Pat) Asmus, Denver; sister, Vicki (Don) Ullstrom, Ft. Collins, Colo.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, William and Jean Frank, Gering, Mark and Bev Overman, Scottsbluff; nieces, Angie (Joe) Wilson, Scottsbluff, Carrie Birt, Bellevue, Neb., Jennifer (Richard) Castro, Gering, Andrea (Aaron) Lybarger, Littleton, Colo., Jillian Schneider, Ft. Collins, Colo.; nephews, James Asmus, Scottsbluff, Tim Frank, Lincoln, Michael Frank, Golden, Colo. and Roger Asmus, Littleton, Colo.
Marvin was preceded in death by his son, Marvin Kelly Asmus; parents, Victor and Esther Asmus; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Bertha Bauer, and numerous aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents.
This obituary was originally published in The Star-Herald.