Chester Marvin Larsen, son of Louis and Helen (Longfellow) Larsen, was born January 18, 1923, near Niobrara, Nebraska. Marvin grew up on the family farm east of Niobrara, along what is now State Highway 54, leading to Santee, near the O’Connor Ranch. Marvin attended school near the family home, and upon completing his 8th grade education, worked for various farmers around the region. Marvin moved to the Naper, Nebraska area to work, having been employed in Boyd County. He began his career as an auctioneer by attending Auction School at Mason City, Iowa. Following his training he was mentored in the auction business by Lester Pearson and later by Roy Aten. While working as auctioneer he also served many livestock markets as ringman or auctioneer. In 1965, he along with one of his best friends, Don Aten, purchased the Butte Livestock Market and was a part owner until 1990. On January 17, 1965, Marvin married Patricia A. Bentz at Fairfax, SD. Marvin and Pat began their married life in the suburbs of Anoka, then purchased a farm north and east of Anoka, where with the help of neighbors, they built their home. They also started the Larsen Auction and Real Estate business, which they maintained until 2000. The couple was blessed with two children: Monty and Lori. Marvin and Pat took much pride in seeing their children continue their education beyond high school, as both Monty and Lori were college graduates. One of Marvin’s foundational beliefs was the importance of education as it’s one of the few things in life “No one could take away from you.”
Marvin was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, and served on many boards within the communities of Butte and Anoka. When not lining up a sale, working on the farm, making an appraisal, or checking livestock, Marvin enjoyed time with family. You could usually find him playing a game of Pitch and drinking a cup of coffee with friends or relatives in his spare time. Marvin was a great teacher, and had immeasurable patience, and enjoyed working with his children and grandchildren on projects. He was passionate about agriculture, especially livestock and horses, education, and family. Marvin and Pat moved off the farm in 1993, and made their home in Butte where they made many friends in the community. They moved to Stuart in 2006 to be closer to their grandchildren and children so they could watch their grandchildren involved in school activities, both Marvin and Pat enjoyed their grandchildren’s successes in school events. After many surgeries and joint replacements, Marvin became a resident of the Parkside Manor in 2012.
Those who will dearly miss Marvin, include his loving wife of 52 years, his son Monty (wife Deb) of Stuart, his daughter, Lori (husband Barry) Lemmer of Atkinson, Nebraska; grandchildren, Doug Larsen of Exeter, CA, Autumn Lemmer of Lincoln, NE, Brent Lemmer, of Atkinson, and Ariel Larsen of Stuart.
He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Fred and Lydia Bentz; brother, Ernest Larsen; sisters, Sadie Larsen Keith and Elma Larsen Nelson; grandbabies Andie, Drew, and Gracie Larsen; and a very close nephew, Roger Nelson; as well as a host of relatives and friends.