Marvin Eugene Rohlf March 10, 1927 – Jan. 25, 2017
Marvin Eugene Rohlf left this earth on January 25, 2017 at the age of 89. Marv was born on March 10, 1927 on a farm near Ida Grove, Iowa. He was the oldest of five children born to Glen and Lillian (Peterson) Rohlf.
Marv served in the Navy, then attended and graduated from Iowa State University with a master’s degree in Animal Science. He was married to Barbara Mae Murphy for 62 years and together they had five sons, all born in Estherville, Iowa.
Marv spent his entire career at Golden Sun Feeds in Estherville. Marv will be remembered by his business associates as having a thirst for knowledge with a passion for animal and human nutrition. He worked extremely hard to become a leader in his field and was proud of Golden Sun and loyal to the company and its employees. He served in various capacities with the National Feed Ingredients Association, American Society of Animal Science, and others. He published numerous papers and made countless presentations to interested parties. He finished his career as the Senior Vice President of Nutrition at Golden Sun.
Marv’s friends will remember him as a man who enjoyed spending time with them. He shared his Florida home and lake home with many and loved sharing his convictions on health and nutrition. Marv was active in his church serving as deacon and elder.
Marv’s wife, Barb, will remember a loyal, hard working man who was a great husband and father. When any of the five boys got out of line, he seemed to know just the adjustment necessary to get things back in order. Marv loved Barb and was always there for her.
Marv’s children will remember their father as a man who allowed some freedom to gain “street smarts” with boundaries to show love and direction. He was a role model to them and through his example, proved the ability to accomplish goals by hard work, passion and discipline.
Marv’s love of work was only second to love of wife and family. How he spent his time on earth is a testament to that. Marv and Barb traveled extensively and took many cruises with family and friends. Marv spent many resources buying and even more dollars fixing the toys he provided for his boys in order to spend quality time with them. Cars, snowmobiles, campers, mini bikes, he could fix them almost as fast as the boys could wreck them. The whole family, an aunt, or even a foreign exchange student, spent a week most summers traveling the country in a station wagon and a Nimrod pop-up trailer.
Marv’s grandchildren will remember Papa as a laid back grandpa that enjoyed making ice cream on the Fourth of July, and seeing each of them as often as possible.
Most of all, Marv will be remembered by all as giving the best gift of all, his time and love. Marv will be forever alive in our memories.
Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; siblings, Lois, Shirley and Richard; five sons, Scott, Craig, Steve, Tim and Paul; nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Words of encouragement can be sent to Barb at Hawkeye Care Center, 1912 Zenith Avenue, Spirit Lake, IA 51360. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.