Marvin Birr

Marvin Birr, 75, of Good Thunder died Oct. 9, 2017, at his home in Good Thunder. Funeral services were Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church in Good Thunder. Burial with full military honors was at Barnard Valley View Cemetery. Mankato Mortuary of Mankato handled the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.

Marvin Leroy Birr was born Nov. 9, 1941, to Joseph and Marcella (Doering) Birr in Winnebago. He was baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Amboy and later confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Good Thunder. Marv lived on a farm near Amboy before moving to Good Thunder as a child. In earlier years, Marv played basketball, baseball and ran cross country. He also sang in school and church choirs before graduating from St. John Lutheran Grade School and later Good Thunder High School, where he was senior class vice president. Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1964. In 1965, he married Margaret “Janet” Gordon. They had one daughter, Ellen, before Janet’s death in 1975. In 1978, Marv married Patricia Buller and their family grew with four more children. Patricia died in 2003. A lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Good Thunder, John also was a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association. Marv was a dairy farmer and appreciated spending time outdoors, fishing, boating and waterskiing with his family. He also enjoyed flower gardening, relaxing in his three-season porch and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He most enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Marvin will be remembered for having a good sense of humor and telling jokes.

In addition to his wives, Janet and Patricia, Marvin was preceded in death by a brother, Luverne Birr; and a brother-in-law, George Rosin. Survivors include his children: Ellen (Paul) Sombke, Kara (Mike) FitzSimmons and Darrin Birr, all of Good Thunder; Linda Birr of Elgin; and Allison Birr of North Mankato; 12 grandchildren; and siblings: Orin (Dorla) Birr of St. Clair, Marliss Rosin of Stewartville and Arlene (Hilbert) Bergemann and Alvin (Susie) Birr, all of Good Thunder.