Marvin Sowder, Jr. Obituary

Marvin A. Sowder, Jr.
Marv Sowder
Marvin A. Sowder, Jr.

August 6, 1935 - June 15, 2010
Born in Humeston, IA
Resided in Madrid, IA
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Marvin Alden "Marv" Sowder Jr., 74, passed from this life on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, at Mt. Hope Cemetery, south of Madrid.

Marv was born the son of Marvin Alden and Ruth (Rains) Sowder on August 6, 1935 in Humeston, Iowa. On June 16, 1956, he married Leora Daugherty in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Madrid, where they made their home and raised five children. Marv was formerly employed as a Journeyman Plumber and Steamfitter in Des Moines. He was also a former volunteer fireman with the Madrid Fire Department for several years. Marv was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Masonic Star Lodge 115, and a 50-year member of Local 33 Plumbers and Fitters Union in Des Moines. He was influential in starting the Madrid Little League Organization, of which he was the first President.

He is survived and lovingly remember by his wife of nearly 54 years, Leora Sowder of Madrid; children, Lori (Russel) Starks of Ely, IA, Kelley (John) Kusel of Madrid, Shelley Sowder and Bill (Julie) Sowder both of Madrid, and Joshua Sowder of Grimes; brother, Larry (Mary Ellen) Sowder of Coral Springs, FL; five grandchildren, Lucas Friedel of Madrid, Andrew Kruse of Des Moines, Jacob Starks of Ames, and Kayla and Nick Sowder of Madrid; and five great-grandchildren, Brodie, Draydin and Kaelyn Friedel, and Ivan & Gabriel Kruse. Marv was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and one nephew, Larry Kyle Sowder.

Visitation will be held after 3 p.m. on Friday, June 18, at Iles Funeral Homes, Sundberg-Kirkpatrick Chapel in Madrid, where the family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Marvin Sowder Memorial Fund.

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Sundberg - Kirkpatrick
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, IA US 50156
Friday, June 18, 2010
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Mt. Hope Cemetery
Madrid, IA US 50156
Saturday, June 19, 2010
11:00 AM


The Marvin Sowder Memorial Fund c/o Sundberg/Kirkpatrick Funeral Home
202 S. Market Street
Madrid, IA US 50156