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Rev. Marvin Witte

Rev. Marvin Witte

Sept. 5, 1920-July 29, 2014

Rev. Marvin L. Witte, 93, died on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Marvin was born to Gustav and Nellie (Staff) Witte on September 5, 1920 in Holmen, Wis. Marvin married Ardis Nelson on November 26, 1948 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in northeast Minneapolis. He became an ordained Lutheran minister on September 30, 1945.

Marvin served as a pastor from 1945-50 in Chatfield, Minn., 1950-57 in Adams, Minn., 1957-69 in Callender, Iowa, 1969-77 in Detroit Lakes, and 1977-96 in Moorhead.

After retirement, he continued to serve as a Protestant chaplain at Riverview Place in Fargo. Marvin and Ardis have lived the past 14 years at Shorewood Place in Rochester, where he took an active role in the social life of the community.

Marvin enjoyed listening to his wife Ardis play the piano, gardening, writing, classical music, cooking, and reading. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and serving families through his ministry.

Marvin is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ardis; four children, John (Karen) Witte of Whitehall, Wis., James (Sandi) Witte of Callender, Iowa, Kristy (Robert) Giere of Rochester and Kathy (Scott) Duffus of Owatonna, Minn.; seven grandchildren, Rachel (Tim) Ritland, of Stanhope, Iowa, Jacob (Ashley) Witte of Ames, Iowa, Erikka Giere of Rochester, Alysson (Joel) Pehoski of Minneapolis, Ben Duffus of Potsdam, Germany, Linnea Duffus of Owatonna, and Kaia Duffus, of Chengdu, China; one great grandson, Charles James Witte of Ames, Iowa; two siblings, Ruth Wojcik, of Wilmington, N.C., and Eunice Van Loon of Biloxi, Miss.; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Marvin in death were his parents; grandchild, Andrea Witte; and three siblings, Kenneth Witte, Harrison Witte and Sherman Witte.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 in Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave. SW, with Rev. Vern Christopherson officiating. Visitation will be an hour prior to services at the church.

Memorials can be directed to Zumbro Lutheran Music Dept. or ELCA Global Missions.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes of Rochester.