Marvin Nelson, 70, of Miller, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his home.
Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 followed by a 1:00 p.m. prayer service, all at Reck Funeral Home, Miller. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Miller.
Marvin Arthur Nelson was born on Dec. 8, 1946 to Rex D. and Frieda (Huckfeldt) Nelson in Pierre, SD. He lived near Iron Nation in rural Lyman County and in 1957 he moved with his family to the Seattle area. He attended Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake, WA and graduated in 1964.
While growing up, Marvin spent his summers in South Dakota and after graduating high school; he attended Northern State College in Aberdeen. He completed his bachelor’s degree in education in 1970 and went on to teach in Pierre, SD, Milesville, SD and Lower Brule, SD, schools. He joined the Soil Conservation Service in the early ’80s and worked in Lyman, Davison and Hand counties until his retirement in 2007.
Marvin married Micaela Gillaspie on Oct. 21 1972 at St. William’s Catholic Church in Midland, SD. They lived in Pierre, and later Milesville and Mitchell, SD. They had three children, Dan, Mariah and Alex. Marvin moved in Miller in 1992 and they later divorced.
Marvin was a regular blood donor and drove the Disabled American Veterans van to the VA hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. As a long-time Cubs fan, he was thrilled to see his beloved Cubbies win the World Series in 2016. In his free time Marvin loved building his ideal ranch in 1:64th scale in his living room. After retirement Marvin regularly solved the world’s problems with his friends over a cup of coffee at the Ranch Café in Miller.
He is survived by his three children, Dan Nelson of Mitchell, SD; Mariah and Jeremy Oliver of Paullina, IA; and Alex and Courtney Nelson of Hot Springs, SD; five grandchildren; Edie, Ian, and Owen Oliver of Paullina, IA and Hazel and Margaret Nelson of Hot Springs, SD; his brothers, Russell and Terri Nelson of Selah, WA; and William and Maureen Nelson of Monroe, WA; two aunts, Cynthia Fuller of Fort Pierre, SD and Norma Jean Junkman of Camas, WA; and one uncle Calvin Nelson, of Pierre and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Rex D. and Frieda Nelson, one sister, Merrial Thares, of Marshall, MN, and 14 aunts and uncles.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Marvin’s arrangements.