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Marvin Henry Blaess, 98, of Grinnell died January 25, 2014, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 31, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Burial will be held at the Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone Friday afternoon.
Visitation with the family present will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church in Brooklyn or St. Francis Manor in Grinnell.
Marvin was born on a farm northwest of Boone on January 21, 1916 to Louis and Anna Kruetner Blaess. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran School and graduated from the 8th grade. He then worked on the family farm.
At the age of 20 he married Darlene Ione Harris at her folk's home in Boone. Following their marriage, he held various jobs and in 1942 he worked for the Chicago & North Western Railroad as a fireman. In March of 1944, he was sent to Europe to operate Locomotives, hauling Army supplies throughout France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He arrived back in the United States in January of 1946.
In 1947, he attended engineer's school and took his engineers examination in Chicago and was promoted to engineer. He retired from the railroad in 1974 and moved to Holiday Lake, north of Brooklyn. In 1984, he and his wife moved into the town of Brooklyn and started a garden produce business. He took care of the garden and Darlene was in charge of selling the produce. Their next move was to Grinnell where he presided until his death.
Marvin was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church of Brooklyn, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Fireman and Engineers, the United Transportation Union, the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He loved to hunt, fish and garden. He and Darlene spent most of the winters in Fort Meyers Beach in Florida until their health no longer allowed them to go.
He is survived by his daughter, Elaine Schafbuch; daughter-in-law, Katie Blaess Swikert; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene; his son, Darrell and two great-grandsons.
Smith Funeral Home
1103 Broad Street Grinnell, IA 50112
Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 30, 2014