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By The Mercury

Marvin D. Carl, 77, of Manhattan, died Sunday at Via Christi Village.

The family provided some of the following information.

Marvin was born in Middlebranch, Neb., on Oct. 9, 1936. He was the son of Adeline Rose (Podany) Ruroede, and the late Delbert Carl.

On Feb. 10, 1962 at Norfolk, Neb., he married Janet Hansen, who survives him. Marvin and Janet renewed their vows on Aug. 5, 2013 at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  Marvin was in the Army for 22 years, serving outside the Continental United States in Alaska, Hawaii, Korea for two tours, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Germany. He received the National Defense service medal, Army Commendation Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry, Cross with Palm, Good Conduct Medal, Seventh Award, Expert Infantry Badge, Meritorious Service Medal.

Marvin graduated from the Ewing, Neb., High School in 1955 and business school in Omaha. After his retirement from the Army he became a student at KSU, graduating with a business degree in May 1980.  He joined the Theitis Meat Packing Company in Great Bend, Topeka and Wichita. Upon his retirement from there he worked for the Federal Accounting Office (FAO) at Fort Riley, retiring in 1995.

As a good Christian, he helped many young service men and their families who needed help with transportation and food. He loved children and during a stay in Okinawa and Germany he was a foster parent, sponsoring and supporting many children and teen groups. 

While in Germany he was a fishing warden, and during the 1970s and 80s he was active in helping with rescue and retrieval of drowning victims at Tuttle Creek Reservoir.

Marvin was proactive against racism during his service years as well as the rest of his life.

Marvin was a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Manhattan;  Life Member of VFW Post 1786 (past commander), and was a former member of the Pearce-Keller Post No. 17, both in Manhattan.

Marvin is survived by wife Janet of the home; his mother, Adeline Rose (Podany) Ruroede, of Oneill, Neb.; two daughters, Margaret Parks of Salina and Beth Carl of Manhattan; four grandchildren Danielle Parks, Damien Parks, Carson Becker, Madaline White; step-grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; a sister, Ruby Williamson, of Orchard, Neb.;  and a brother, Delbert Carl, Jr., husband of Pat of Ewing, Neb.

Memorial masses will be said at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church, in Manhattan, with the Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Manhattan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Flint Hills Breadbasket,  905 Yuma, Manhattan, KS 66502 or in Nebraska to your local food pantry.

To send an online condolence or gift, visit  Services by Irvin-Parkview Funeral Home and Cremation of Manhattan.

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