Marv was born February 1, 1951 in Des Moines, Iowa to Marvin and Betty (Cook) Deer. He graduated from East High School in Des Moines in 1969. Marv attended Iowa State University and graduated in 1973. Marv worked at John Deere Des Moines Works in a variety of different areas but most recently as a contract employee as ME Data Analyst. Marv retired from John Deere in September 2009.
Marv loved life to the fullest and was known for his joking attitude. Marv enjoyed traveling with his family to Mexico for Spring Break and Branson, Missouri in the summer. His greatest accomplishments in his life were watching his two children grow up to be outstanding and successful individuals with great attitudes and an excellent work ethic. His life was devoted to his family and was always there for anyone that needed a helping hand. He became a grandpa for the first time in October and spent every minute he could snuggling and reading books to his precious Gabriella Quinn.
He was a phenomenal father, grandfather, brother, uncle, husband, and son and friend to all those he met. He is survived by his treasured wife of 31 years, Rhonda; parents Marvin (Betty) Deer; sister Betty (Frank) Backstrom; children Derek (Alicia) Deer and Melissa Deer; his perfect granddaughter Gabriella; cousin Margaret (Kevin) Eshelman; sister-in-law Carla (Bob) Alexander; and a wealth of nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents along with many family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, please direct all donations to the Marvin Deer Collegiate Scholarship Fund, 6731 NW 48th Court, Johnston, Iowa 50131.
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