Marvin was born to Vincent Allen Roesti and Opal (Callahan) Roesti on May 3, 1941 in Bashaw, Alberta, Canada. The family moved to Burr Oak, Kan. when Marvin was six. This was his mother’s hometown. He received his first paying job when he was ten years old, plowing a field for $3 a day. His love for farming began at that early age. He graduated from Burr Oak, Kan. High School in 1960 and attended two years of college at Bethany Nazarene College in Bethany, Okla. He met Delores Anne Lathrop of Superior and they were married on Aug. 26, 1962. They were blessed with three children: Marilyn, M. Vince and Daniel.
Survivors are his wife, Delores Anne (Lathrop) Roesti of Fairmont; daughter, Marilyn Anne (Roesti) Beebe and husband Doug and grandson Brendan of Olathe, Kan.; son, M. Vincent Roesti and wife Kathleen Roesti and grandson Bryce of Willow Spring, N.C. Marvin’s father preceeded him in death in 1966, and his mother in 1992. Son, Daniel LaVerne Roesti preceeded him in death on June 22, 1995. His brother Dennis Roesti of Burr Oak, Kan. just preceeded him in death on Feb. 9, 2014. The survivors of Dennis are his wife Wilma, children Mitzi, Mike, Jerry and Steve and their spouses and children. Other survivors are his sister, Deloris Barker of Topeka, Kan., her daughters Meshell and Coleena, other relatives and a host of friends.
Marvin’s talents were many. During the years that Delores attended college in Bethany, Okla., Marvin framed homes. He has built three churches, many homes, and many additions. He had his own business of Custom Harvesting for nine years.
From 1990-1994 Marvin and Delores moved to Costa Rica. Marvin worked with teams that brought volunteer labor to build dormitories, dining halls, and roads on the Nazarene Seminary in Costa Rica. He worked from 1995-2009 for Champion Homes of York. When he retired from Champion, he went to work at Kaliff Farms, and just recently worked for McCool Fertilizer now owned by the coop.
The family motorcycled during the 80’s. They traveled to weekend rallies sponsored by Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA). A tabernacle was needed at one of the CMA locations and Marvin donated used irrigation pipe from his business of selling Reinke Irrigation Systems. Marvin designed the building and with volunteer labor, a large open air facility was built.
Marvin’s talent of singing was used in many churches with specials and leading singing. Delores didn’t need to get a “honey-do” list ready, Marvin was already working on it. His latest joy was his five acre farm in Fairmont. He will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Community Bible Church in Lushton with the Reverend Soloman Adams officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Burr Oak Cemetery, Burr Oak, Kan. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1-9 p.m. at Metz Mortuary in Henderson. Memorials may be directed to Outstretched Arms Ministry, PO Box 111, Stella, NE 68442 or Community Bible Church in Lushton.