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Marvin W. Prins

December 22, 2013
The Journal

SPRINGFIELD - Marvin Wesley Prins, age 80 of Springfield died on December 20, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield. The clergy will be Pastor Mark Luther Johnson. Interment will be in the Jeffers City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the church.

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Marvin Wesley Prins

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Marvin Wesley Prins was born on April 26, 1933 in Brown County, the son of Tebbo and Jeanette (Finger) Prins. As in infant, Marvin moved with his parents to Amboy Township in Cottonwood County. He graduated from Jeffers High School in 1951. He worked for Hayes - Lukas Lumber in Jeffers until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, serving at Fort Lewis, Wash. Following his honorable discharge he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Grunewald at St. John'x Lutheran Church in Germantown Township on Aug. 28, 1955. The couple moved to Mankato where Marvin attended Mankato State University, graduating in 1958 with a major in Industrial Arts and a minor in Business and History. He taught at Lake Wilson Schools from 1958 until 1965. In 1965, the couple moved to a farm in Amboy Township and farmed until their retirement in 1998. The couple moved to Springfield in 2001.

Marvin served as the Amboy Township Clerk for 26 years, Jeffers Elevator Board member for nine years, former member of the MEA and NEA, a member of the Jeffers American Legion Post #409 since 1955, a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Jeffers, United Methodist Church in Lake Wilson, and a current member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Springfield. He enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting ducks, woodworking, playing cards, coffee and visiting with friends, and time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Lou of Springfield; children, Mark (Theresa) Prins of Laurel, Mont, Michelle (Brian) Gatz of Granite Falls, Murray (Becky) Prins of Gig Harbor, Wash., Marcia (Dan, Jr.) Dolezal of Morgan; eight grandchildren; one step-grandchild; four great-grandchildren; and brothers and sisters, Clyde Prins of Walnut Grove, Robert (Marjorie) Prins of Storden, Norman (Ruth) Prins of N. Mankato, Bernice (Lawrence "Jack") Ryker of Jeffers, Kenneth (Shirley) Prins of Jeffers, Arlene Meyer of Lake Park, Iowa, Janet Prins of Jeffers, and Richard Prins of St. Paul; and brother-in-law David Vining of Rapid City, S.D.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Stacy Prins; and sisters, LaDonna (Myron) Eucken and Beatrice Vining; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Prins and a brother-in-law, Arlen Meyer.



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