Marvin T. Jopp, 78
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Formerly of Cold Spring
April 27, 1934~October 22, 2012
Marvin T. Jopp, age 78 of Buffalo, Minnesota, passed away Monday, October 22nd at his residence, after a long and hard fought fight against cancer.
Marv was born April 27th, 1934 in Albany, Minnesota to Victor and Florence (Lemke) Jopp.
He proudly served in the U-S Army, where he was trained as a combat leader, and later as a Military Police Officer. Marv served three years in Germany, before returning home to marry the love of his life, Mary Theisen of Cold Spring.
The couple returned to Germany as Marv continued his service, patrolling the Autobahn, along with foot patrol with German police officers. His fluent German was a real asset to him during his time working alongside the German officers. After his military service, Marv and Mary returned to Minnesota where he worked as a guard at the State Prison in Stillwater, and later at the St. Cloud Reformatory.
Marv was very active in the American Legion and Lions Club in Cold Spring, where he and his family made their home for more than 25 years. He also served on the Cold Spring Planning Commission and City Council.
He and Mary later moved to Buffalo to be closer to their daughter and family.
Marv enjoyed gardening, baseball, fishing, playing cards, and activities with his grandchildren. Marv cherished his family. His unique "gift of gab" made it possible to turn a stranger into a new friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant brother.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 54 years, Mary, daughter, Suzanne Lungstrom (Tim) of Buffalo, grandchildren Jeffrey Lungstrom and fiancée, Raechel Hyde of Plymouth, Molly Lungstrom and Maggie Lungstrom of Buffalo, and special nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own.
He is also survived by his sister, LuVerne Menth (Cyril), of Albany, Minnesota, and brother, Junior (Annette), of Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Oct 27 at 4:00pm at Spirit Of Joy Lutheran Church in Buffalo, Minnesota, with Pastor Kimberly Buffie officiating. Friends and family are invited for a time of sharing which will begin one hour prior to the service, with a supper being held at the Buffalo American Legion immediately following the service.
A private, family inurnment with full military honors will be held at a later date at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
The family would like to thank Allina Hospice, Dr. Andrew Burgdorf, Lisa Bahr, RN, Pastor Kimberly Buffie, and all the other angels who helped us get Dad home.
Marv's final wish is for his family and friends to remember: "Serve God, and He will serve you."
Arrangements were entrusted to the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on Oct. 25, 2012