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Marvin Einspahr - September 15, 2009

Marvin Herman Einspahr died Sept. 15, 2009. He was born June 6, 1911 in Adams County, Neb. the only son of Herman and Martha Roeder Einspahr.

Marvin was baptized on July 11, 1911 in Wanda Lutheran Church and confirmed in the Amherst church. He was an honorary member of the Holyoke and Julesburg Methodist churches. His family came from Nebraska to Amherst in 1919 and resided 8 1/2 miles north of Holyoke. He attended Morning View Country School with his six sisters.

His father and mother both died when he was 14 years old. His older sister, Mayme, and her husband Fred Crawford assumed the parenting role for Marvin and his five sisters. After completing the eighth grade he started working and helping farmers in the area. He spent several years working for Hulbert Reichelt, Sr. and this was when he learned farming and ranching.

He met Helen Haynes while working for the Reichelts. On Feb. 26, 1941 they were united in marriage and to this union were four daughters, Irene Marie (deceased), Marva (Richard) Miles of Holyoke, Barbara Einspahr (Chuck DeMoulin deceased) and Mary (Hal) McCannon.

His four grandchildren are Wendee Eckert, Nathan (Wendy) Eckert, Nick McCannon and Amber McCannon, and the five great grandchildren are Brandon and Sean Cover, Clason and Caden Piers and Ashlyn Eckert.

He is survived by one sister Alvina (Wayne) Folker of North Platte, Neb. and was preceded in death by five sisters; Mayme (Fred) Crawford, Velma (Malcolm) Peck, Gladys (Henry) Wandless, Berneice (Arthur) Weber and Ruby (Albert)Benker.

Other surviving relatives are Charlotte Pate, Marilyn and Lee Kirkwood, Connie Haynes, Betty Haynes, Betty Evans, Sylvia Haynes, Delbert and Emily Haynes, Larry and Carol Haynes, Gerald and Leona Haynes and several nieces and nephews.

Marvin was a perfectionist when it came to farming. In addition to his own land he provided custom farming services. He also raised Angus cattle. He was an excellent educator and provider for his family.

In 1947 he purchased the farm located on the Sedgwick County line from Alvin and Aniece Kistler. The family resided there until 1965 when they built a home in Julesburg.

Marvin also worked 18 campaigns at the Great Western Sugar Company in Ovid. Marvin and Helen resided in Phillips and Sedgwick County area until 2004 when they moved to Denver.

Marvin enjoyed life. He loved playing card games, reading, watching the Rockies baseball games and drinking coffee with his friends. His family knew how much he loved the Rockies and surprised him with a “box seat” birthday party at a home game in Denver in 2004. He enjoyed this very much. He was very proud of his own accomplishments and the successfulness of his wife and daughters.

In August 2008, after suffering a stroke, Marvin became a resident at the Cherrelyn Healthcare Center in Littleton where he received excellent care and was very happy there. He overcame many obstacles a person endures with a stroke. Shortly after his 98th birthday in June his health steadily declined until he died Sept. 15, 2009.

In lieu of flowers donations are being collected to purchase equipment needed for the Cherrelyn Healthcare Center or memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association.