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George V. Garven
George Vernon Garven passed away on Thursday, July 18 with his daughter by his side, after suffering a stroke and pneumonia.
Born on Sept. 3, 1924 in Baker, Minn. to George Charles and Etta Romaine (Jones) Garven, he graduated from Barnesville High School in 1942.
He entered the United States Marine Corps and served during World War II from 1942 until his discharge in 1946. When returning from his tour of duty, which included serving in China, he married his childhood sweetheart, Jeanette Ryum in Oakland, Calif. They relocated to Barnesville, where he worked at his fathers business, Garven Machine Shop, selling Minneapolis Moline tractors and repairing farm equipment. The couple raised four children there before moving to Sturtevant, where he worked for Massey Ferguson in Racine as a sales representative. After his retirement from Massey Ferguson they moved to Harrisburg, Pa., where he sold for British Leyland Motors for several years before retiring again and returning to the Minnesota area.
They were managers for an apartment complex in White Bear Lake, Minn. for several years before moving to Nevada to be close to their youngest son, Jim. They traveled to many states in the west camping along the way and meeting new friends from all over the United States. His wife got Alzheimer's and moved to Marinette to be close to her daughter, Jennifer. She died on Sept. 28, 2010. He continued to live in Overton, Nev. until moving to Marinette in August of 2012. He was most happy being around people and loved his family deeply. He enjoyed outings and cookouts and breakfast so he could have a blueberry pancake.
He is survived by his children, Jennifer (Pete) Madden of Porterfield, Charles of Oshkosh, Jon (Carol) of Cushing, Minn. and Jim of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Jean Clark of Minnesota; many nieces and nephews and a great number of friends he made along the many travels he took.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lawrence and Floyd; a sister, Bernice and an infant great-grandchild, Jacob Melchoir.