Marvin V. Lange, age 77 of Fordyce, Nebraska died on June 25, 2019 at Avera Sister James Nursing Home in Yankton, SD.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:30 am at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley, NE with Reverend Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley with military rites provided by the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and the American Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Thursday, at church, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm with a vigil service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Friday. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington, NE.
Pallbearers will be Keith Stappert, John Lange, Marlen Schieffer, Gary Koch, Roger Lange, Mark Loecker, and David Schulte.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lynne Gurney, Cheryl Honkomp, Charlotte Arens, and Ed Schulte.
Marvin Virgil Lange was born on May 1, 1942 to Theresa (Kleinschmit) and Edward Lange Sr. on the family farm in Fordyce, NE. He grew up on the farm and went to grade school at District 108 country school. Marvin attended high school for two years in Fordyce and graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1960. He was drafted into the United States Army Infantry Division during the Vietnam War and served in Vietnam from July 1965 to March 1966. He worked for Gerry Miller Implement for two years and then began farming full time. On April 15, 1972, Marvin married Evelyn F. Zitka at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, SD. They continued farming until Marvin's health prevented him from continuing. He grew grain, raised livestock, and had dairy cattle. He loved to farm, dance, play cards, listen to polka music, and spend time with family and friends.
Marvin was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church and served on the parish council, Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus, Bow Valley Park Association, Hartington VFW Post 5283, Crofton American Legion Post 128, Center for Rural Affairs, NFO, and various other organizations.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Fordyce, NE; five children, Michael (Lisa) Lange of Mission Hill, SD, Terry Lange of Fordyce, NE, Doug Lange of Norfolk, NE, Karen Lange of Omaha, NE, and Lisa Olnes of Yankton, SD; six grandchildren, Trevor and Tyler Lange, Isaac, Luke, Timothy, and Maria Olnes; two sisters, Colette (Jerry) Koch of Fordyce, NE, Jeannie Schieffer of Crofton, NE; two brothers, Linus (June) Lange of Bow Valley, NE, Edward Jr. (Bernadette) Lange of Hartington, NE, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters Rainaldes (Harold) Schulte, Sylvia (Leander) Loecker, Theresa (James) Stappert, Sr. Dianne Lange OSB, brother-in-law Loren Schieffer, and four nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to local Catholic schools.