Marvin Requist
August 18, 1922 - February 24, 2017
Birthplace: Red Oak, Iowa
Resided In: Red Oak, Iowa

Visitation 3/1/2017
Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel
Service 3/2/2017
First Christian Church
Burial 3/2/2017
Evergreen Cemetery

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Marvin Ivan Requist, age 94, of Red Oak, Iowa, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Marvin was born August 18, 1922 in Red Oak, Iowa; the eldest of Ivan and Darleen (Gourley) Requist’s three children. He was raised and spent his entire life in Montgomery County, where he graduated from Red Oak High School in 1939. From 1943 to 1946, Marvin served his country in the United States Navy during WW ll, and was stationed in the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific, where he was a radar man.

After returning to Red Oak, he farmed the family farm and worked at Union Carbide. On July 6, 1951, Marvin was united in marriage to the love of his life Barbara Lee Tebrinke, in Red Oak, IA. He built their home at 810 Grimes Street in Red Oak, and then in 1972 he and Barbara moved with their young daughter, Marcy, to their current home. On their property, there was a pond that was a favorite fishing spot for local young people, whom Marvin always loved hosting.

Marvin was a passionate farmer, and cared deeply for his livestock. He proudly showed his hogs in many Chester White Competitions at State Fairs in Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and at the “Austin National Barrow Show” in Minnesota, where he received several top honors over the years. During harvest, he spent many meaningful hours working alongside his brother-in-law Franklin Heuer, and his nephews, Larry and Bruce Heuer.

An avid gardener, Marvin was well known for his generosity in sharing his produce, often leaving it anonymously on the doorsteps of needy families. As a gifted craftsman, he also enjoyed creating personalized wood pieces, and assisting with various 4-H projects.

He loved music, singing in the church choirs, and passing along the joy of music to his daughter and anyone who would listen. Many people think of Marvin when they hear a Jim Reeves song, knowing he was his favorite singer.

Marvin was a very dedicated Christian. At the First Baptist Church, he served as a deacon, taught Sunday School, co-directed the Baptist Youth Fellowship group with Barbara, was a guest speaker, and spent many hours volunteering his time maintaining the church property. As a member of the First Christian Church, he treasured his time and conversation with dear friends at their Saturday morning coffees.

Marvin had a wonderful and unique way with words. His quick wit, hilarious come-backs, and priceless one-liners are fondly remembered by anyone who ever had a conversation with him.

Marvin was a true gentleman, devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He and Barbara cherished their 65 years of marriage, were always holding hands, and were admired for the affection they always showed for one another.

He was an extraordinarily dedicated family man who took great pride in his daughter Marcy and his grandchildren Andie, Logan, and Ashley. Many fond memories were made with dear friends across Iowa and beyond while he proudly attended his daughter’s pageant events. Later, he and Barbara always loved spending time with their grandchildren, and his favorite place with them was on the floor as they played many games together; or in the recliner reading to them, as he rocked them to sleep for a “papa” nap.

Preceding him in death were his parents Ivan Requist and Darleen (Gourley) Requist, his father-in-law Bud Tebrinke, mother-in-law Vera (McHenry) Tebrinke, brothers-in-law Franklin Heuer, John Tebrinke, and Jim Holmberg.

Survivors include his wife: Barbara Requist of Red Oak; daughter: Marcy Requist of Council Bluffs, IA; grandchildren: Andrea "Andie" Kerkhoff, Logan Kerkhoff, and Ashley Kerkhoff all of Council Bluffs; sisters: Verna Heuer of Red Oak, and Dorothy Holmberg of Hudson, WI; sisters-in-law: Bernice Dean and husband Daniel of Pueblo West, CO; Kathleen Barmann and husband Larry of Red Oak; and Nan Tebrinke of Indianapolis, IN; brother-in-law: Richard Tebrinke and wife Carolyn of Perry, IA; many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held 10:30 AM Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the First Christian Church. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 6-8 PM Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel. Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Church.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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Red Oak, Iowa 51566
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