WILBERT - Funeral services for Marvin Erdman, 76, of Wilbert, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2012, at the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilbert with Rev. Russell Reimers officiating. Burial will be following the service in the St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Wilbert. Visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, August 5, 2012, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of service on Monday at the church. Marvin passed away Wednesday afternoon, August 1, 2012, at the Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn. The Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marvin Reinhold was born on December 25, 1935, in Willow City, N.D., the son of William and Dorothy (Ditzen) Erdman. He attended Elementary School in Gardena, N.D., and Concordia Lutheran High School in Seward, Neb., graduating in 1953. Marv then attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, receiving his teaching degree in 1957. Marv was called as a principal to Zion Lutheran School in Bancroft, Neb., where he taught fifth grade through eighth grade for 11 years.
On June 29, 1958, Marv was united in marriage to Verdane Hegeholz at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Utica, Neb. Together the couple would make their home in Nebraska until Marv was called in 1968, to be Principal/Teacher at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Wilbert, Minn., where he served for 31 years before retiring in 1999. Marv continued teaching part-time Religion Classes at Martin Luther High School and taught Music Appreciation Classes at St. James Lutheran School in Northrop until his death.
Marv was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilbert, where he served as organist and choir director until the time of his death. He also served as the director of the Martin County Community Choir. During his years as a Principal and Teacher, Marv also coached basketball, baseball, and flag football. He played softball and also umpired up to this summer. In his spare time, Marv enjoyed golfing and cheering on the Twins. He was a board member of the Commission of Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for nine years and was also a board member of the Southern Minnesota Missouri Synod District. Marv's zest for life will be greatly missed by those that loved him and called him friend.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 54 years, Verdane of Wilbert, Minn.; five sons, Marty Erdman of Savage, Minn., Dan (Sue) Erdman of Courtland, Minn., Lou Erdman of Las Vegas, Nev., Sam (Mary) Erdman of Eagan, Minn., and Joel Erdman of Wilbert, Minn., and his special friend, Kim Quast of Woodbury, Minn.; one daughter, Kim Erdman of St. Paul, Minn.; 10 grandchildren, Brittney, Taylor, Amanda, Molly, Courtney, Nicholas, Andrew, Breanna, Jacob, and Rebecca; three sisters, Lorraine (Chet) Miller of Grand Rapids, Minn., Marilyn Luetjen of Kansas City, Mo., and Arlene Raney of Anchorage, Alaska; five sisters-in-law, Marlene Erdman of Willow City, N.D., Evelyn Hegeholz of Buffalo, Minn., Opal Neujahr of Mesa, Ariz., Glorianna Hegeholz of Minneapolis, Minn., and Maxine Hegeholz of Phoenix, Ariz.; two brothers-in-law, Cleo (Josephine) Hegeholz of Bruce, Wis., and Art Strege of St. Louis, Mo.; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.
Marv was preceded in death by his parents, William and Dorothy Erdman; three sisters, Florence Kaspar, Lucille Strege, and Dorothy Beeck; a brother, Paul Erdman; and brothers-in-law, Jerry Kaspar, Les Beeck, Carroll Raney, Bob Luetjen, Del Neujahr, Virgil Hegeholz, and Rodney Hegeholz. The family requests donations be made in Marv's name to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wilbert and Martin Luther High School in Northrop.