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Marvin Arlo Widdel

Marvin Arlo Widdel was born on July 1, 1926 in Black Hawk County, IA and died June 18, 2017 in Denver, IA.

Marvin Arlo Widdel entered the United States Army on March 2, 1951, in Black Hawk County, IA, served during the Korean War era and reached the rank of before being discharged on July 5, 1951 in Camp Carson, CO.

Marvin Arlo Widdel is buried at Klinger Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Readlyn, Iowa and can be located at

Armed Forces Grave Registration

Release Date: June 18, 2080.


Marvin Arlo Widdel, 90, of Denver, Iowa, died on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at his home in Denver.

Marvin was born on July 1, 1926, in Black Hawk County, Iowa, the son of August and Ottilie (Matthias) Widdel. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Klinger, Readlyn. He attended grade school at Immanuel Lutheran of Klinger and then graduated from Readlyn High School. He served in the United States Army and upon his return Marvin was united in marriage to Elsie Mixdorf on August 26, 1951 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

Marvin farmed on the Widdel Family farm for 38 years. After retiring from farming he worked at Schumacher Elevator for 16 years, retiring at age 80. He was also passionate and skilled at woodworking and his craftsmanship was shared throughout the community with his family, friends and area churches.

Marvin was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Klinger, Readlyn. He was also a member of the Acker-Matthias American Legion Post #653 and the Iowa Woodworkers Association. He also held various offices on the church council and served as a trustee for the Bennington Township.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie of Denver; a daughter, Kathy (Roger) Kuecker of Denver; a daughter, Donna Raedeke of Grapevine, Texas; and a son, Mark (Teddy) Widdel on the family farm, near Denver; eleven grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Bernice Schumacher of Readlyn. He is also survived by Elsie’s four sisters, Ruth Bockes, Regina (Lester) Knief, Vera Evans and LaRee Hallenbach.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Laurence Widdel; sister-in-law, Lois Widdel and a brother-in-law, LaVerne Schumacher. He was also preceded in death by four brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Klinger, Readlyn with Rev. Matthew Moss and Rev. John David Mull officiating. Burial will be held in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery of Klinger. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver and also for one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Klinger, Readlyn, Community Lutheran School or to Cedar Valley Hospice.

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family. 319-984-5379

“Marvin Widdel Obituary,” Kaiser Corson Funeral Homes, Inc., accessed January 1, 2018. http://www.kaisercorson.com/obituary/Marvin-Arlo-Widdel/Denver-IA/1735179.