Marvin R. Knoploh

Marvin R. Knoploh, 80, of Sumner, Iowa, died Sunday morning, September 9, 2012 at Hillcrest Home in Sumner, Iowa.

 Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. William Runaas, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Sumner.  Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Wednesday.

 Memorials may be directed in his name to Palmer Hospice, Sumner or St. John Lutheran Church, Sumner. 

Marvin Ray Knoploh was born June 6, 1932, at the family farm south of Sumner, Iowa, the son of John and Lydia (Sell) Knoploh.  He was Baptized June 19, 1932 and Confirmed April 14, 1946 at St. John Lutheran Church, Buck Creek.  He attended elementary school at Buck Creek and graduated from Sumner High School in 1950.   On May 8, 1955, he was united in marriage to Verlaine Hartman at Grace Lutheran Church in Tripoli.   After high school Marv worked for area farmers as a hired man and also at Rath Packing Company until he started farming on his own.  Marv and Verlaine farmed in the Sumner area until retirement in 2003.   He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.  Marvin took great pride in farming, especially together with his son, Ron, until Ron’s death on November 7, 1998.  He loved sports and played shortstop for many years on Fredericka’s Fast Pitch Team along with 8 other faithful players.  He and Verlaine enjoyed dancing at the Riviera Ballroom in Janesville.  He cherished his time with Verlaine, his children and grandchildren.  Marv was very family oriented and his grandchildren were a “Big Deal”.  

 Marvin is survived by his wife, Verlaine Knoploh of Sumner, Iowa; 2 daughters, Julie (John) Kleman of Sumner, Iowa and Kathy (Dan) Dahlen of Bloomington, Minnesota; daughter-in-law, Amy (Bruce) Kammeyer of Tripoli, Iowa; 5 grandchildren, Kristen Dahlen, Patrick Kleman, Kyle Kleman, Kari Dahlen and Reece Knoploh; 3 step-grandchildren, Melissa Kleman, Bobby (Shelli) Kleman and Riley Kammeyer; 3 sisters, Dorothy (Jim) Brickman of Oelwein, Iowa, Elaine Wedemeier of Maynard, Iowa and Velda (James) Hagenow of Readlyn, Iowa; 3 Brothers, Henry (Virginia) Knoploh of Ames, Iowa, Lloyd (Bev) Knoploh of Faribault, Minnesota and Eldon (Jean) Knoploh of Oelwein, Iowa; 3 sisters-in-law, Glenyce (Forrest) Bolte of Vinton, Iowa, Elaine (Gene) Perkins of Britt, Iowa and Wilma Franzen of Waverly, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Ronnie Knoploh; and brothers-in-law, Duane Wedemeier, Roger Boeckman, Bob Sievers and Carey Franzen.  


Pastor Dayna Winke on November 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM said:

Verlaine, I just found out. I am so sorry for your loss. He was/is a wonderful man. I always enjoyed our visits. May God be with at this time and may you experience His great comfort.
Darla Sebring Huck on October 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM said:

Verlaine, Julie, and Kathy,

Our blessings and condolences to you and all the other members of your family in this loss. But I know Ron and his father are together watching you now.

Norma (Bill) Steimel on September 15, 2012 at 1:40 PM said:

What wonderful memories I have dancing with you Verlaine and Marvin. You both we such good friends during that wonderful time of our lives. Our friends from those Janesville day are very special to me. So sorry to hear about Marvin death. Norma
Pam (Maurer) Stacey on September 12, 2012 at 9:43 AM said:

Verlaine and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories from when we were kids and used to spend weekends with you!! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Oberbroeckling on September 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM said:

Verlaine & family: I am sorry to hear of Marv's passing, although we know he is at peace these are still tough days for you. I too remember the younger days of growing up as neighbors, with lots of time playing at your house. I imparticular remember helping Marvin put field tile in the field south of our old house, Steven and I thought we were really important that day. Prayers to you.
Lindsay Bienemann on September 11, 2012 at 1:03 PM said:

I am very sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family through this difficult time.
Steve Loshman on September 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM said:

I am very sorry to hear of Marv's passing. I want to give you all my sympathy. I have many fond memories when I was young from your whole family. I remember "helping" as a very young child putting hay up in the hay mow. I remember Marvin and Ron were true farmers and loved what they did. I have seen Julie recently in New Hampton. It has been a while since I have seen Kathy but want you to know you were all a great part of my younger days. God be with you all at this time. Steve Loshman
Denise & Craig on September 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM said:

Verlaine and family, Was so sorry to hear of Marvin's passing but do know he is in a much better place. Thoughts and prayers coming your way.

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