Marvin Larsen


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.


  Funeral Service

Tuesday April 11, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Butte, NE

202 E. 2nd St., Stuart, NE, 68780

Monday April 10, 2017 from 5 to 8pm at Seger Funeral Home in Stuart, NE with a 7pm Prayer Service Monday evening

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Garold Frickel

I am sorry to hear about the loss of Marvin. My sympathy and prayers are with you.

 Posted April 7, 2017 - 11:12pm
Linda Roggow

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I will remember Marvin playing pitch with my Dad at the Bentz family gatherings!! He always had a winning smile.

 Posted April 6, 2017 - 2:15pm
Dwaine & Linda Hoffman, Bristow NE

Marvin was always a kind gentle man. In 1997 he, as a realtor, showed us a home for sale in Bristow which we purchased. He went over and above to help us with the purchase. The following year after much renovation, he stopped by to see what we had done. Marvin was known and thought highly of by so many people that he came in contact with. At last he rests from his toils in God's sweet grace. Our sympathy to Pat and family as he will be missed.

 Posted April 6, 2017 - 1:37pm
Donald W. Aten

Marvin worked for My Father, Roy W. Aten in the Atkinson Livestock Market and Dad thought the world of him. Marvin and I were partners in the Butte Livestock Market. He was like my Big Brother! Helped me get started Auctioneering. Would call me his little Brother. He came out to CO several times enjoyed the Mountains more than anyone I knew! I would try stop and see him every summer. We were Best Friends. I truly loved the man.

 Posted April 5, 2017 - 12:50pm
Karen Reiser

Sympathy to all of Marvin's family - he was a great guy and will be missed by many.

 Posted April 5, 2017 - 12:08pm
Theresa (Terri) Reiser Hoff

My prayers are with your family.

 Posted April 4, 2017 - 4:20pm
Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

our sympathy and prayers to the family.

 Posted April 4, 2017 - 10:01am
Larry and Debbie Tejral Family

Sorry for your loss. Prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Heaven will enjoy him.

 Posted April 3, 2017 - 10:27am

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