Marvin LeRoy Tolzin, 87, of Lake Preston, S.D., passed away on Tues., Nov. 24, 2020, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Marvin was born to Earl and Ruby (Nelson) Tolzin on Nov. 9, 1933, at Volga, S.D. He grew up in the North Preston area and later moved to the farm east of Lake Preston. Marvin was the third in a family of five children.
As a child he attended a one-room schoolhouse in North Preston. He remembered it as a “double-school.” The horses were housed in one end, and the school was held on the other end of the building. Then he attended Baker #5 east of Lake Preston. He graduated from Lake Preston High School in 1951.
Marvin was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a life-long member of the Lake Preston Lutheran Church in Lake Preston.
After graduation Marvin and his long-time friend, Arlyn Jensen, went on an adventure to California. After running out of money, Arlyn got a job so they could get back home! It was then time to go to work - Marvin started farming with his father and brothers, Blaine and Dennis.
He married Ardell Holland on Jan. 22, 1955. He entered the Army on Feb. 2, 1955. Marvin completed basic training at Fort Carson, Colo., and was then stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. Ardell traveled to Oklahoma, and they lived in a little apartment close to base. Their oldest child, Danny, was born while in Fort Sill. Marvin was shipped out to Germany, and Ardell and Danny returned to Lake Preston to live with Ardell’s parents. Marvin was honorably discharged as a PFC on Feb. 2, 1957.
Marvin and Ardell moved to their home south of Lake Preston on the banks of Lake Whitewood, and they remained there until they retired in 2000. They then moved into their current home in Lake Preston.
Family and friends were always close to Marvin’s heart. He had special affection for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was very proud of them all and enjoyed when they would stop in and catch up on their lives. He also had a special bond with his nieces and nephews and loved visiting with them.
He took great pride in his years of farming. He had the opportunity to work alongside his father, Earl; father-in-law, Clarence; his brothers, Blaine and Dennis and his sons, Danny and Dean. His “hobby” was going to cattle sales. He loved going to cattle sales with Blaine and was known throughout various stockyards and sale barns from Huron to St Onge and multiple places in between. Even after retirement he would watch the RFD channel when the livestock sales were on. He loved to record the number of head, whether it was heifers or steers and the price they received.
After moving to town, he started going to the Farm Supply and would visit with his friends, have coffee and always came home with a bag of popcorn. They were known as the “Doom and Gloom” club!
In September of 2018, Marvin moved to the Good Samaritan Center in De Smet, S.D. Ardell drove over to De Smet and spent every day with him. On March 24, 2020, Marvin was able to return to his home in Lake Preston. He spent the last eight months at home with Ardell, and that was the biggest blessing he could have asked for.
Marvin is survived by the love of his life, Ardell; his children, Daniel (Brenda) of Lake Preston, Rita (Ronald) Liljegren of Arlington, LuAnn (Jack) Nelson of Volga and Dean (Lanet) Tolzin of Lake Preston; 8 grandchildren and 1 step-grandchild, Jackie Gunderson, Jason Tolzin, Alan and Eric Liljegren, Tyler Nelson, Stephanie Sandmeier, Ethan and Dalton Tolzin and Kai Hansen and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Norma Sneesby and Rose Tolzin; one brother-in-law, Clarence Holland, Jr. and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Ruby Tolzin; two sisters, Dorothy Tolzin and Beverly (Tolzin) Henegar; two brothers, Blaine and Dennis Tolzin and infant daughters, Linda Jean and Belinda Jean Tolzin.
A private family funeral service for Marvin Tolzin was held at 2:00 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 28, 2020, at the Lake Preston Lutheran Church with Vicar Brad Sanderson officiating; burial was at the Lake Preston Cemetery at Lake Preston, S.D. A public visitation without the family present was on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in the Lake Preston Lutheran Church.
The Johnson-Henry Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.