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Marvin A. Morford


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Marvin A. Morford

West Des Moines - Marvin A. Morford, 92, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Taylor House in Des Moines, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 8th at McLaren's Resthaven Chapel. A Masonic service will follow the visitation at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday at West Des Moines United Methodist Church with burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

Marvin was born August 18, 1925 at his family home in rural Madison County, Iowa to Hazen and Dorothy (Wight) Morford. He graduated from Earlham High School in 1942 and immediately enlisted in the Army. Marv served as a parachutist in the U.S. Army 11th Airborne and was stationed in Japan for one year. After returning from the war in 1948, Marv married Twila Zike from Dexter, Iowa and they made a home in Des Moines. They had three children, Claudia, Greg and Brad. Marv and Twila enjoyed 47 years together.

Marv is survived by his children, Claudia (Frank) Hoskins and Brad (Michelle) Morford; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of beloved friends. His significant other for many years, Jean Shannon, is also left to mourn his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Twila Morford; sister, Marcella Morford McCleary; son, Greg Morford; 2nd wife, Virginia Bond Morford; and great-granddaughter, Aubrey Robilliard.

Memorial contributions may be given to the West Des Moines United Methodist Church or the Dexter American Legion Post 419.
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 7, 2017
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