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Marv Harmann

Posted November 29, 2012 in Obituaries, Perry

Marv Harmann

March 7, 1923- November 27, 2012

Services for Marv Harmann 89, of Perry, IA were 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at Murdock Funeral Home in Perry.   Pastor Joan White officiated the service.  Special musical selections included:  Wind Beneath My Wings, I Can Only Imagine, Only Time and Life’s Railway To Heaven.  Honorary Pallbearers were:  Cindy Mertz, Bree Draisey, Hope Drasiey, Emma Draisey, Michelle Meinecke, Courtney Straker, Judy Harmann, Leon and Donna McDowell.  Pallbearers were:  Bill Conner, Mich Conner, Colton Straker, Michael Keene, Joel Keene, Tyler Draisey and Matt Harmann.  Burial was in Violet Hill Cemetery with Military Honors by Perry American Legion Post # 85.  Marv passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Rowley Memorial Masonic Home in Perry.

Marv was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota on March 7, 1923 the son of Ernest and Doral (Walters) Hormann and was one of nine children.  After graduating from High School, Marv enlisted in the United States Army, Air Force Division.  Marv spent five and a half months in the European Theater during World War II and became a Second Lieutenant.  He flew as a navigator on a B-17 for two combat missions totaling 192 combat hours.  The missions were directed against enemy lines of communications and installations.  Marv received the Air Medal with three OLC and an EMTO Ribbon with two bronze stars from flying twenty-nine bombing missions over Germany.  Marv was honorably discharged on October 10, 1945.  Marv was honored to have served his country.

Marv lived most of his life in Perry.  He worked for the Milwaukee Railroad for 36 years as a conductor and brakeman.  Through his career, he made many friends with his fellow railroaders.  He was united in marriage to Peggy (Kahoe) Chambers on October 19, 1963 in Perry, IA and to this union, they had six children.  Marv was gifted with an incredible talent for woodworking.  Together they spent three years working to restore their 137 year old home.  This special family home was filled with many cherished memories for 45 years.  He spent countless hours in his workshop crafting numerous heirloom items for his family.  Marv was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Elks, Perry American Legion and the former Moose Lodge.

Marv spent years of enjoyment collecting stamps and coins.  He was an avid Chicago Bears and Iowa Hawkeye fan.  Marv enjoyed getting together with friends to shoot pool, play cards, and take trips to Prairie Meadows.  They enjoyed traveling together.  Their travels took them to all the fifty states, Mexico, Canada, along with several cruises.

Marv will be remembered by his family for his love and dedication to them.  Marv was a man with a strong conviction of morals and honesty.

Marv is preceded in death by his parents, one son David and four brothers.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 49 years Peggy Harmann of Perry, IA; his five children:  Beth (Blaine) Draisey of Lee’s Summit, MO; Cheryl (LeRoy) Conner of Perry, IA; Sheila Keene of Des Moines, IA; Randy Harmann of Perry, IA; Tania Harmann also of Perry; Fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, three sisters and one brother.

Memorials in his name will be given to the First Presbyterian Church and Perry Humane Society and may be left at Murdock Funeral Home.

Information provided by:
Murdock Funeral Home
1420 Warford Street
Perry, IA 50220

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