In Memory of Marvin R. Wunschel

Marvin R. Wunschel
Marvin R. Wunschel
Born: March 1, 1923
Died: September 4, 2015
Age: 92
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Marvin R. Wunschel
March 1, 1923 - September 4, 2015
From: Ida Grove, IA

Marvin R. Wunschel, age 92, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Friday, September 4, 2015, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Father Richard D. Ball will officiate. Burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa; with military rites by McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of the American Legion of Ida Grove, Iowa. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 7, 2015 with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m., at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to 

Marvin Raymond Wunschel was born on March 1, 1923, the son of Arthur and Louise (Ericksen) Wunschel.

He grew up on the family farm between Ida Grove and Arthur, Iowa and attended Blaine #9 Country School thru the 8th grade.

Marvin worked as a farm hand for various farmers before enlisting into the United States Army Air Force. He served during WWII from 1943 to 1945. Marvin was stationed in England and completed 29 combat missions as an armorer-gunner in the bomber nicknamed “Old Sack”.

On October 18, 1945, Marvin married Florence Marie Miller in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was honorably discharged the day after.

The couple made their home on a farm in Ida County and they were blessed with five children, Karen, Rodney, Diane, Roger, and Lynn.

After his family, Marv’s biggest love was farming.  He loved helping out on the family farm until he was unable to because of his health.  He was especially proud to see the farm recognized as a Century Farm in 2005.  He also liked fixing and repairing things with his hands, fishing, camping, watching sporting events, and playing cards.  He was a very active member of the American Legion and a past Legion Commander of the McNamara-Moore Post No. 61 of Ida Grove.  He rode the Iwo Jima float in parades all over the country, including Hawaii.  Recently, he really enjoyed watching the kids, grandkids and great-grandkids swim in Roger and Timi’s pool.  He also enjoyed a good wooden toothpick.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of almost 70 years Florence Wunschel; children, Karen (Roger) Bumann, Diane (Mason) Fleenor, Roger (Timi) Wunschel, Lynn (Troy) Hare all of Ida Grove; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Everett (Judy) Wunschel of Arthur and Clifford Wunschel of Ida Grove; brother-in-law, Donnie (Marguerite) Miller of Odebolt, sisters-in-law Lois Wunschel of Odebolt,  Ruth Roeder of Ida Grove and Vera Miller of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews,  extended family and friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Louise Wunschel; son, Rodney Wunschel; grandson, Seth Kelly Wunschel; grandson-in-law, Ryan Grell; sisters, Leona Cook, Virginia Carlson; and  brother, Leonard “Shorty” Wunschel.


Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m., Tuesday,
September 08, 2015

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball

Rev. Mr. Mike Stover


Jimmy Fleenor
Nick Wunschel
Keller Wunschel
Wyatt Wunschel
Bailey Hare
Kade Hare

Honorary Pallbearers

Michelle Pilos
Marcia Bumann
Megan Lehman
Brandy Jensen
Brook Boeckman
Brittany Childress
Marissa Hare
Mandi Hare


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.,
Monday, September 07, 2015

Vigil Service
7:00 p.m., Monday

Christensen - Van Houten
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


Sue Mein, Organist
Amanda Gunderson, Cantor

"Amazing Grace"
"Here I Am Lord"
"On Eagel's Wings"
"How Great Thou Art"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa

Military Rites
McNamara - Moore Post No. 61
of the American Legion
Ida Grove, Iowa


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 5:43 PM
“Sincere condolences for thw Wunschel family. My father, Collin Hunley, served with Marvin with the Army Air Force in 1944/45. He often spoke of the many friends he made during that time. God bless, Harold Hunley.”
- Harold Hunley
Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 10:27 AM
“Sincerest condolences from all of the Volunteers at the 493rd BG Museum, Debach, England
- 493rd BG Museum, Debach, England
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 6:17 PM
“Dear Florence and Family,
I just learned of Marvin's passing, and I am so sorry to hear this. I haven't been in touch with any of you recently, but I do want you to know that I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and that you will be blessed with comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Love, LaDonna”
- LaDonna Miller
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 2:12 PM
“Being neighbors and growing up with the Wunschels I have so many memories. But I always remember Marv as one who was always there to help when needed. He also loved to play cards and would slap those cards down and grin when he had the good hand. May he rest comfortably now. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your families.”
- Marie (Bond) and Robert Baker
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM
“I am sending prayers to Marv's family! I have always enjoyed seeing you all at my grandma's, Frances Vaughan, house. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers!
Vicki Allbaugh (Vaughan)”
- Vicki Allbaugh (Vaughan)
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 10:42 AM
“I'd like to send my deepest sympathy to the Wunschel family!! Marvin was such a wonderful man!! I have lots of memories of Marvin when we would have family dinners at my mother-in-law's, Francis Vaughan!! He would always make you laugh!!! ”
- Carolyn Vaughan
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 10:41 AM
“Sorry to hear of the passing of Marvin. Will keep the family in prayer.

Harold Raymer and family
Missouri cousins”
- James Harold Raymer
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 10:41 AM
“Are thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time,

Don & Wilma Schafer”
- Don Schafer
Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 11:49 AM
“We were sorry to hear about the passing of Marvin. May he rest in peace, no longer suffering but in God's hands. Even tho we are unable to be there, please know you family will be in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Everett & Kathy Cook
Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 11:49 AM
“Sending our sympathies to the family. Denny remembers working with karen at h and. w , and seeing your dad at arthur elevator. In our prayers......”
- Denny and sara gralapp
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