NEW ULM - Marvin Grams, 86, of New Ulm, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in New Ulm with Father Jerry Meidl celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery with full military honors being conducted at the cemetery by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30-10 a.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. There will be a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Betty Grams of New Ulm; daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Penkert of Lake Crystal, Jane and Daryl Nosbush of Fairfax, Terease and Tim Haen of Jackson, Jodi and Chad Larson of New Ulm; sons and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Connie Grams, David Grams all of New Ulm; brothers and sister-in-law, Orville Grams of New Ulm, Lloyd and Hazel Grams of Slayton; 16 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Opal Harris, Ruth Dihel, Lois Waibel; and a grandson, Justin Drexler.
Marvin Herbert Grams was born on Oct. 23, 1926 in New Ulm to Henry and Agnes (Manderfeld) Grams. He attended St. Paul's Lutheran Grade School and was a 1944 graduate of New Ulm High School. Marvin served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 achieving the rank of Seaman First Class. On Dec. 5, 1949 he was united in marriage to Betty Jane Meidl at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in New Ulm. After marriage he was employed at Windhorn Plumbing in New Ulm. They moved to Mankato where he was employed at Brake-Snell Motors and also attended and graduated from Mankato Commercial College. Marvin then worked for Peterson Equipment in New Ulm. In 1972 Marvin and his sons started New Ulm Tractor, where he was employed until his retirement in 2006.
He enjoyed reading, gardening, raising pigeons, coin collecting, and playing cards.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, a member and past president of the Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota, and the Brown County Poultry and Pigeon Association.