Marvin Carl Rossiter, 91, went home to his Lord on July 26, 2023. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, who remember him as a kind, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Marvin's life was marked by his unwavering dedication to his faith, family, and genuine kindness toward all who knew him.
He was born September 21, 1931, on the family farm southwest of Spencer to Orie Oliver and Helen Eileen (Skov) Rossiter. Marvin's interest in agriculture began in his early years as a member of 4-H, where he raised and showed beef at the Clay County Fair. His skills and commitment to hard work were evident from a young age. After graduating from Spencer High School in 1949, Marvin embarked on a new chapter in his life. He served in the United States Army Signal Corp in Berlin from 1952-1954 alongside his twin brother, Melvin Charles. It was during this time he became a master potato peeler. While in the service, the brothers pooled their money to buy a car and spent their free time exploring various European cities. Decades later, he still enjoyed a warm beer, as it reminded him of his time across the pond. Marvin's marriage to Inez Marguerite Meyer was a true testament to the power of love, commitment, and enduring companionship. From the moment they said their vows on March 23, 1958, their bond grew stronger each year, weathering both joyous and challenging times together. Marvin and Inez had four children: Kim, Stephanie, Mark, and Kevin. Their home on the farm became a hub of love and laughter, where family gatherings were abundant, and memories were created that will be cherished forever.
Marvin was an avid outdoorsman and eagerly shared his passion for hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He also knew how to have fun and loved to organize 'Spooky Tours' for his children, nieces, and nephews during the summer. He bought too many fireworks on the Fourth of July and pulled silly pranks throughout the year.
Marvin and Inez enjoyed gardening and fishing together. They often shared produce from their garden with family, friends, and neighbors. He eschewed the lifestyle of many "old people" and was determined to stay physically and mentally active. After retiring from farming, he and Inez started a part-time job. He enjoyed that it made them leave the house, work a little, and have fun. Grandchildren who stayed with them during the summer had to pitch in but were treated to dinner at McDonald's or The Sports Page afterward. Marvin read the newspapers daily and enjoyed staying up to date on local and national news. Marvin and Inez were long-time members of First English Lutheran Church in Spencer.
Above all, Marvin cherished his family, and he took immense pride in his grandchildren. His love for them was evident in the countless photos, letters, and newspaper clippings he collected and displayed throughout the years. The grandchildren spent innumerable hours on the farm, creating many lasting memories. Marvin would continue to show them unconditional love and support until the day he passed, and it was clear that he wanted nothing more than for them to be happy.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Inez, his son Mark, his brother Melvin, and his sisters, Doris and Ruth. Left to cherish his memory are his children Kimberly (Miles) Cloyd of Spencer, Stephanie (Wade) Gebert of Hartley, and Kevin Rossiter of Spencer; grandchildren Ben VanBerkum of Amarillo, TX, Victor Mansur of Costa Mesa, CA, Lauren (William) Waites of Germantown, TN, and Hayley Rossiter of Spencer; and great-grandchildren William Shepherd and Hope Navy Waites: his sister Carol Williams of Helena, MT; many nieces and nephews and their children.
A celebration of life will be held at First English Lutheran Church on Friday, August 4, 2023, at 2 pm, with visitation on August 3, 2023, from 5 pm to 7 pm at Warner Funeral Home.