In Memory of Marvin L. Holstein

Marvin L. Holstein
Marvin L. Holstein
Born: May 6, 1930
Died: July 10, 2020
Age: 90
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Marvin L. Holstein
May 6, 1930 - July 10, 2020
From: Early, IA

Marvin L. Holstein, age 90, of Early, Iowa, passed away on Friday, July 10, 2020, at the Methodist Manor Retirement Community of Storm Lake, Iowa.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Marvin L. Holstein, the son of Edward and Laura (Bendorf) Holstein, was born on May 6, 1930, in Spiker, Nebraska. He grew up in Nebraska until the age of ten when the family relocated to a farm located between Galva, IA and Alta, IA.

During his school years Marvin enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. He was active in 4-H and liked showing cattle and having one named a Champion Beef.  The family relocated to a farm just south of Storm Lake when Marvin was in the 11th grade where he received his final two years of education and graduated from Hayes Consolidated School, south of Storm Lake.

After high school, Marvin worked for Dekalb, Vilas, and farmed with his father Edward. On December 26, 1954, Marvin married the love of his life Marjorie Mullins. The couple made their home on a farm northwest of Early, Iowa, were they raised their two children, M. Paul and Lee Andrea. Marvin raised livestock and crops for over 40 years before the couple retired to the town of Early.

Marvin was a devoted member of the Early United Methodist Church of Early, Iowa. He enjoyed fast pitch softball, fishing, bowling and golfing, where he scored a hole in one at Spring Lake Country Club. Coaching and leading the local 4-H club and little league teams were passions from his younger days.  He deeply treasured his time spent with family and particularly his grandchildren's activities, also visiting and helping out friends and neighbors along with taking them to needed appointments when called on.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Marjorie Holstein of Early, IA; children M. Paul Holstein of Marion, IA and Lee Andrea (Ron) Calkins of Fort Pierre, SD; grandchildren: Dr. Molly (Ben Rose) Camerer of Cedar Rapids, IA, Martin (Marlin) Calkins of Carbondale, CO, Andrea (Dave) Mitsdarffer of Lee Summit, MO, and Adam (fiancée Shelby Smith) Calkins of Denver, CO; three great-grandchildren: Felix Rose, Oscar Rose, and Graham Mitsdarffer; sister Phyllis Bruns of Alta, IA; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Laura Holstein; daughter-in-law Diane Holstein; brothers Chris, Raymond, Don, Gene, Walt and Roger; and sisters Gladys, Ethel and infant sister Marjorie.



At a later date


Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:26 PM
“Marv, you were a great man and will be deeply missed.😭😭 ”
- Joe Goettsch
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:26 PM
“I am so sorry to hear this...Marjorie, Paul, and Lee! I have so many great memories of time spent on your farm with Marge’s pancakes! My Dad also made it to 90 but even so it is still such a loss...”
- Kim Wabeke Manning
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 1:26 PM
“Our family loved Uncle Marv, and he will be missed and remembered. His sense of humor and laugh are a trait of all the Holstein siblings, but Uncle Marv was unique with the constant smile on his lips and in his eyes. He could be stern, but his sense of humor would soon follow. He was a man with qualities many admired.
With love ... Laura ”
- Laura J. Kuhman
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“Many fun memories about Buddy- such a character! My Dad and Mom enjoyed all the truck driving trips to Sioux City hauling cattle with Buddy and fun golfing outings at Spring Lake . He was a genuine good guy .”
- Jim
Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12:58 PM
So sorry to hear of Marvin's passing. He had a good life. When I think back, there's so many good
memories when we were kids on the farm, and you and Marv were outside of
Early on the farm.
those were my most memerable.
So we will be thinking of you.
- BOB Holstein
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