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Marvin G. Viker

July 22, 1918 ~ March 3, 2024 (age 105) 105 Years Old
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Marvin G. Viker Obituary

Marvin G. Viker, 105, a longtime Rock Dell Twsp,MN farmer died on Sunday( March 3, 2024) of natural causes, family by his side, at his home.

Marvin Granville Viker was born July 22, 1918 on a farm in Salem Twsp, Rock Dell area, during the Great Influenza Epidemic (Spanish Flu). Marvin was the oldest of six children born to Magnus and Edna (Sorenson) Viker. He was the only child to learn to speak Norwegian (with some Danish mixed in) of the children. He would joke that his parents would speak Norwegian to keep secrets, but he understood! When he was approximately 3 years old, Scarlet fever damaged his hearing, but some of his hearing returned with time. He began country school and later attended what was referred to as the “Deaf and Dumb” school that was part of the Rochester school system. During this time, he learned some sign language, which helped him to communicate with the other students. Marvin discontinued his formal education when he was in 8th grade, as methods of discipline at that time didn’t suit him or his father. After he left school, he worked with his father on the farm and also worked for other farmers in the area- where he was given room and board and $12.50 a month. Marvin went on to work at the Rochester Chick Hatchery and after that joined the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC).During his time in the CCC, Marvin helped complete projects in MN state parks by building trails and buildings.

On Nov 3, 1941 Marvin volunteered to join the US Army. He reported to Fort Snelling,MN and was sent to Camp Roberts, CA. but never completed Basic Training and was put into a heavy artillery unit. When Pearl Harbor was attacked , he was deployed to Drew Army Airfield in Tampa, FL where he trained in radar detection equipment and his unit was shipped overseas to Africa. Later in his service he served in Italy, France, and in Stuttgart, Germany. He was discharged on Oct 11, 1945 at Fort McCoy,WI with a rank of Tech Sargent (E-6). After coming home, he farmed for a few months and then left for California to attend the Western Lutheran Bible Institute. At that time, he met Billy Graham who preached on Saturday night at the Church of the Open Door in Glendora,CA.

When Marvin returned from California, he was engaged to Myrtle Bredesen. They were married on June 16, 1949 at East St Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Byron, MN. Marvin and Myrtle went on to
have 3 children - Manford, Dawn and Marti. They purchased a home in SE Rochester where they lived and raised their family. Marvin and his cousin Vernon owned and operated Viker and Sorenson Water and Sewer together for 25+ years. Marvin and Myrtle were charter members of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church while living in Rochester before returning with their family to Marvin's childhood family Church -  East St Olaf Lutheran in Rock Dell. Marvin was also raising livestock and farming on the Viker Family farm and in 1978, they moved back to the farm in Salem Twsp. One of Marvin’s greatest enjoyments at the farm was “his pond”. He would often be found in his backhoe, out digging around and watching the geese.  Marvin currently was a member of South
Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson,MN. As Marvin would often say, “Keep lookin’ up”.

Marvin is survived by his children, Manford Viker of Byron, MN, Dawn (Jerry) Wehrs of Rochester, Marti (Barb) of Rochester as well as his daughter, Renate (Freidheim) Rathe of
Germany; many Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and a Great-Great Grandaughter ; a brother - Melvin "Pete" Viker of Rochester and many nieces and nephews. Marvin was preceeded in
death by his wife of 59 years, Myrtle, his parents and in - laws, as well as siblings Mable Bale and Palmer, Donald and Norman Viker.

The funeral service for Marvin will be at 11:00 AM on Friday (March 8, 2024) at South Zumbro Lutheran Church in rural Kasson/ 68905 280 th Ave with Rev. Pete Wyttenbach and Pastor Jeff
Bernards officiating. Burial with military graveside honors will follow at East St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery in Rock Dell. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 to 7 PM on
Thursday( March 7, 2024) at South Zumbro Lutheran Church and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday morning. Memorials are prefered to South Zumbro Lutheran Church or the St. Olaf Heritage Foundation - Cabin Fund. Arrangements are with Griffin Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Memories and condolences of Marvin are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
March 7, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
South Zumbro Lutheran Church, Kasson/

Funeral Service
Friday
March 8, 2024

11:00 AM
South Zumbro Lutheran Church, Kasson, MN

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