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Marvin Hasvold was born the third of four children to Myrtle and Malcolm Hasvold of Flandreau, SD. The year was 1929; Marvin would remain in Flandreau until his graduation from high school in 1947. During his Flandreau years much time was spent with his grandfather working and learning about farming. Marvin grew to love the land and was disappointed in one sense that he did not become a farmer for the rest of his life. It was also in Flandreau that he met the love of his life and Mother of his children, Joyce Eide.
Marvin and Joyce graduated from high school together and continued education at South Dakota State College from 1947 to 1951. Near the end of his time at SDSC during the Korean War Marvin was drafted by the Army and was allowed just enough time to finish his senior year and marry Joyce. His Army service took him through induction in Chicago, IL and basic training at Fort Riley KS. After completing basic training Marvin was offered the chance to serve as an Army Counter Intelligence officer. Counter Intelligence training and service lead Marvin and Joyce to Baltimore, MD, Gary, IN and finally Kansas City, MO.
After military service Marvin moved to Kimball, SD and became owner of a small construction business primarily engaged in grading work; building dams and dugouts for farmers and ranchers in the region. Marvin's most important take away from the Kimball years were the good people there that would remain his friends for the rest of his life and also the way he and his family were welcomed to the community. All three of Marvin and Joyce's children were born during the Kimball years.
By 1967 years of hard work and some risk taking made it possible for Marvin and Joyce to acquire Turner Construction Company of Sioux Falls, SD. Marvin and company built bridges and box culverts in every corner of South Dakota while Joyce took care of the office duties and raised the three children. The bridge business was competitive and tough…… but good. During one meeting with his banker, Marvin vowed that one day it would be the bank paying him interest and not the other way around. That is exactly what happened. Marvin's love of the land never really went away; as Turner Construction prospered he began to acquire land in Miner County and returned to farming on a part time basis. He was also one of four founding partners of Bierschbach Equipment and Supply Company now operating four locations in three states. Marvin retired in 1990.
Service to community included the Kimball school board and the Kimball Lutheran church council. He also served his industry as President of the Associated General Contractors of South Dakota. Marvin was a member of the Naja Shrine, the Elks club and a long time supporter of anything that had to do with South Dakota State University. Forever a Jackrabbit! Perhaps his most important and meaningful associations in the later years of his life and the passing of Joyce in 2008 were his membership at First Lutheran Church and the Sanford Wellness Center in Sioux Falls. He sends sincere thanks to all of his friends and the staff people who made these two places so special to him.
Marvin's family includes daughter Marne Guthmiller of Parsons, KS, two sons; David (Kelly) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Mark (Sharon) of Rapid City, SD., seven grandchildren; Abby (Joel) Thompson of Hutchinson, KS, Ali Guthmiller of Dallas, TX, Jen (Carson) Hasvold Phillips of Ann Arbor, MI, Matthew Hasvold of Rapid City, SD, Alison, Daniel and Lindsey Hasvold all of Sioux Falls, SD and three great grand children; Myles, Mya and Myka Thompson all of Hutchinson, KS.
Funeral services will begin at 2:30 pm Saturday, March 23 at First Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. A private family burial will precede the service. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Friday at Heritage Funeral Home with the family present from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. www.heritagesfsd.com.
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 22, 2013