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Marvin L. Thornton (1929 - 2013)

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Marvin L. Thornton


Marvin L. Thornton, 83, of Ankeny, entered into eternal rest April 25, 2013.

A visitation will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service starting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013 at Memorial Services of Iowa funeral home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd.) A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 30, at the Scranton Cemetery in Scranton, IA.

Marvin was born in Jefferson, IA December 13, 1929. He served four years, honorably, as a Sonar Technician in the U.S. Navy.

He earned a Bachelor's degree in civil engineering at the University of Iowa, and was an avid Hawkeye fan.

Marvin was a civil engineer that designed water pollution control plants, and he developed two process patents in the industry.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret; two daughters, Mary Kay Dimick and Melanie (Chuck) Byrd; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Nick) Roepsch, Doug (Emily) Dimick, Ashley Paul, Charlie Byrd; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; seven siblings; and a grandson, Justin Dimick.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 28, 2013
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