Marvin Ulmer, age 90 of Menno, S.D., passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at the Freeman Medical Center in Freeman, S.D. A funeral service was scheduled for Wednesday morning, Nov. 20 at Grace Lutheran Church, Menno, with Rev. Theresa Jacobson officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Menno Cemetery.
Marvin Victor Ulmer was born May 29, 1929 to Karl A. and Carolina (Bender) Ulmer at the farm southeast of Menno. He was baptized by Pastor C.W. Heuer on June 9, 1929 at Zion Lutheran, which was located south of the home place. He was confirmed by Pastor E.A. Bischoff on May 30, 1943 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno, where he remained a lifelong member. Marvin attended Ulmer School District #91 all eight grades. On Oct. 1, 1950 he married Betty M. Stern at St. Peters Lutheran Church, Clayton, S.D., by Reverend Carl Losser. Marvin and Betty lived on the homesteaded family farm most of his farming years. He was involved in early days of tractor pulling in South Dakota, a hobby that his sons and grandsons carry on today. He retired and moved to Menno in June 1997. During his retirement he served in various offices at Grace Lutheran Church and at the Menno Pioneer Power Show. He was a ready and helpful friend to many. Marvin also enjoyed uptown coffee time, playing pool and pinochle with friends.
Their 69 year union was blessed with five children: Curtis (Barbara) Ulmer of rural Menno, Gary (Yvonne) Ulmer of rural Menno, Cheryl Ulmer of Rapid City, S.D. and beyond, Mark (Cindy) Ulmer of Menno and Lori Mehlhaf of Menno; 12 grandchildren: Angela (Chet) Eitemiller, Armour, S.D., Jennifer (Dean) Vaith, Menno, Jeanette Ulmer, Lennox, S.D., Craig (Ivy) Ulmer, Larchwood, Iowa, Allen (Ashley) Ulmer, Menno, Carrie Ulmer, Sioux Falls, S.D., Keith (Michelle) Bittner, Lennox, Amy (Curt) Turnipseed, Bellevue, Neb., Jessica (Andrew) Bruzek, Tea, S.D., Tyler (Heidi) Ulmer, Menno, Karla (Jeremy) VanNoort, Harrisburg, S.D., and Amber (Mark) Bradley, Menno; and 28 great-grandchildren: Sadie, Taylor, Rose and Owen Eitemiller; Jacob, Ashton and Bridget Vaith, Tyren, Tory and Trace Ulmer, Kadeyn, Ellyana and Izayah Ulmer, Mallorie and Syler Bittner, Noah and Jadyn Turnipseed, Jemma, Jayda and Jersey Bruzek, Aiden and Henry Ulmer, Kjerstin and Courtney VanNoort, and Abigail, Hannah, Jordan and Sarah Bradley.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Betty; five children; 12 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Agnes (Ray) Sayler, Hertha (August) Mayer and Elsie (Leo) Sayler; daughter-in-law Joyce (Mettler) Ulmer; son-in-law Clinton Mehlhaf; and one nephew.