Marvin Telvick of Baraboo, devoted husband of Betty, father of three Ronald, Ronda (Kevin Vodak), Roger (Rebecca), grandfather four 4 Max, Kati (Will Saez), Alesha, Nathan, great-grandfather of four Tucker, Titan, Naszier, and Marax, brother of 2 Richard and Sonija Straavaldsen, uncle and great-uncle of many, and friend to all passed away peacefully Sunday, June 7, at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his father Oscar (43) and his mother Astrid (73).
Marvin was born in Edgerton, WI January 7, 1933 to parents who had immigrated from Norway. He started grade school without knowing English. He lost his father at a young age and had to become the “man of the house”. After graduation from Madison East High School in 1951, Marv served in the Marines during the Korean War. Marvin met Betty Walrath at a roller rink where they became roller skating dance partners. They were married on June 16, 1956. He worked at Oscar Mayer as a forktruck mechanic and opened up a business as a gunsmith. By owning his airplane and flying much, he located a piece of land in Pardeeville. He begged and prodded his “city slicker” wife to move to the country. They did so and named the land “Hickory Springs”, built their home, and began farming. He built a barn and named it the Pavillion, which held family reunions for 25 years. The Vagsolaget welcomed all with ancestry from the island of Vagsoy in Norway and remains a cherished memory for all.
Marv had a passion for hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, bird watching, guns, and geneology. He loved traveling to Norway, Aruba, “up north”, and on salmon fishing trips. He was active in Cub Scouts, Sons of Norway, Rocky Run Riders snowmobile club, the Salmon Club, and the American Legion. He was a great teacher to many, referred to as “The Gentle Giant”. Marv was able to repair anything, never told a lie, was always very concerned of feelings of others, and always stepped up to assist. We will always cherish the fond memories he blessed us with.
Funeral services with social distancing requirements will be held Friday, June 12 at 12 Noon at Grasse Funeral Home, 119 Industrial Drive, Pardeeville with Rev. Mark Brandel officiating. Interment will take place at Roselawn Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of services Friday. The family wants everyone to feel safe, if you choose not to attend, and want to watch the service, please go to Wyconenacommunitychurch@wyocena on Facebooklive during the service time at 12 Noon.
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