On July 18, 2015, Marvin went to meet his one and only true love, Vera, in heaven, 21 years after he laid her to rest. He went peacefully at home, in his own bed, surrounded by his loving family and the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
James was born to Joseph and Martha (Wallman) Nodsle on July 21, 1931 at Camps Hospital in Fargo, ND. He was the eldest of five children – one brother and three sisters. He was quickly going by his middle name Marvin.
Marvin grew up and attended school in Harwood and Argusville, ND, graduating in 1950. After graduation he went to work helping Harwood farmer Andrew Olerud. He also worked at Dakota Paper and the Armor Creamery as a lab tester. He met his love on a “blind date” and was united in marriage to Vera Clara (Possehl) on March 9, 1952 at First Congregational Church in Moorhead, MN. After a few short weeks he was drafted into the U.S. Army, served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged December 22, 1953. While in the Army he earned the rank of Sergeant, he also was awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Service Medal, The Korean Service Military Medal and The United Nations Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars. He was very proud to serve in the military.
After the Army he and his bride made their home in Moorhead, MN, he then went to Hanson’s Mechanical Trade School. After graduating from that they made a new home in Mohall, ND working at a car dealership. Moving his family to West Fargo he worked at Butler, not liking the mechanic field of work he became an asbestos worker insulating pipes in Velva, ND. He was a member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local # 133 and also held the office of Treasurer for a number of years. There are many schools, colleges, hospitals and other buildings in the F-M area he worked in and helped build. Moving to Harwood, Marvin and Vera made their life home together and raised their family. He retired in 1994.
Marvin was a member of The Harwood American Legion, The V.F.W., WMSTR and the IH Collectors Minn-Dak Chapter 26.
His hobby was auction sales and he was an avid collector of International Farmall tractors of all kinds, toy or real, and all memorabilia, pens, magazines, etc. He really liked the dollar boxes. If anyone asked him to keep his eye out for something they would get several.
Marvin’s beloved wife passed away July 14, 1994. He stayed in their home until 2001 when he purchased his home in Sabin where he resided until his death.
He leaves behind two daughters, Cinda (Mark) Haugen of Sabin, MN; and Jamie (Scott) Krebs of Custer, WI; two sons, Steven (Diane) Nodsle and extended family of Fargo, ND; and Chad (Heather) Carr of West Fargo, ND; and son-in law, Norman Brosi of Savannah, MO. Also surviving are his six grandchildren – Sarah (Brosi) Spegal of Overland Park, KS; Janelle (Brosi) Gray of Buckner, MO; James Haugen of Wolverton, MN; Rachel (Haugen) Gladue of Moorhead, MN; Bryana Haugen of Olathe KS; and Jack Carr of West Fargo, ND; seven great-grandchildren – Payton and Averi Gray, Brady and Ellie Spegal, Richard and Raegan Gladue and Mehla Haugen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife, and daughter Linda (Nodsle) Brosi.
He will be missed more than words can say, he took great joy and pride in his family especially his great grands who will forever miss their “Grandpa Grape”.
Family request: Please honor Marvin’s memory by wearing your favorite denim.