Pastor Marvin L. Hartmann, 86, of Fargo passed away on January 10, 2019 at Bethany Retirement Living on University. A celebration of life service will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Olivet Lutheran Church, 1330 University Dr. S in Fargo, with visitation one hour prior to the service.
Marvin was born February 19, 1932 to Magdalena (Drefs) and Albert Hartmann in their farm home near Delmont, SD. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Armour, SD. He attended a rural school where he was the only student in his class for eight years. In 1950, he was graduated from Armour High School. Marvin was a 1954 graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA and attended Wartburg Theological Seminary from 1954 to 1958, which included one year of internship at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Madison, WI. Following his ordination in 1958, he faithfully served parishes in Hecla, SD, Arthur, ND, and, for 31 years, Bethel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, ND.
Marvin was united in marriage with Marion Gutknecht on August 10, 1954 at Peace Lutheran Church in Hazen, ND. They were blessed to have been the best of friends for over 64 years.
Following Marvin’s retirement, he and Marion moved to Fargo where he continued to lead a full life using his many God-given talents. He performed interim pastoral work in Galchutt, Abercrombie and Arthur and at Peace Lutheran and Messiah Lutheran churches in Fargo. For a period of time he was a woodworker for a Fargo-based custom furniture maker. During most of his retirement years he was president of the homeowners association where he and Marion resided. As a member of Olivet Lutheran Church, he taught classes on a variety of topics of interest and conferred with Olivet’s pastors on a regular basis.
Marvin is survived by his wife Marion, sons Nathan (Lake Stevens, WA) and Joel (Eagan, MN), daughter Deanna Hoffman (Monticello, MN), daughter-in-law Cindy Hartmann (Eden Prairie, MN), brother Paul (Mildred) Hartmann (Armour, SD), sister-in-law Shirley Gutknecht (Thousand Oaks, CA), brother-in-law Howard Jones (Dundas, ONT), granddaughters Sarah (Adam) Hetz (Brooklyn Park, MN) and Eliza Hartmann (New York, NY), great-grandsons Aaron and Colin Hetz and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Magdalena Hartmann, son Steven Hartmann, brother-in-law William Gutknecht and sister-in-law Rosalie Jones.
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