RICE LAKE, Wis. - Marvin M. Manthei, 85, of Rice Lake, Wis., died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. He was born June 27, 1928 in Fergus Falls to Benjamin and Ella Manthei.
On Jan. 16, 1951 Marv enlisted in the United States Army and served his country until his discharge later that year on Oct. 1. He returned to Fergus Falls, and on Nov. 23, 1952, he married Kathryn Orpen at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls. Marv was employed at several Fergus Falls businesses, until he and Kathryn moved to Sleepy Eye, MN in 1963. In August of 1982 they moved to Rice Lake, where he has resided since. In March 1998, Marv retired from the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper, after a career of 36 years and 7 months. Marv was a member of the Rice Lake Moose Lodge, the Rice Lake Elks Club, and the Rice Lake American Legion. He enjoyed being outdoors; hunting, fishing, and rose gardening. His biggest joy was spending time with his family.
Marv is survived by his children: Sharon Manthei (Mark Demma), Apple Valley, MN, and children, Matt and Jennie Hinz; Steven Manthei of Eau Claire, and children, David (Emily McCaughey) and Sarah Manthei; Susan (Pat) Bruggeman of Sleepy Eye, MN, and children, Andrea (Nate) Konkol, Amy (Jesse) Hoffmann, Alex Bruggeman; one great-granddaughter, Naima Hinz; one sister-in-law Dorothy Orpen, Long Beach, Calif.; one brother-in-law Charles Stevens, Appleton, MN, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Marv was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn, on March 13, 2012; two sisters Alice Fisher and Gladys Collins; and two brothers Clarence and Leonard Manthei.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake with Pastor Peter Muschinske officiating. Burial will be in Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wis., with military honors accorded by the Rice Lake Veterans Center Honor Guard.
Visitation is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Skinner Funeral Home in Rice Lake, and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.
The Skinner Funeral Home of Rice Lake is serving the family.