Obits – Marvin Steinar Rodvik

Marvin Steinar Rodvik
Marvin Steinar Rodvik

Marvin Steinar Rodvik was born Nov. 7, 1927 in Jamestown, North Dakota to Reverend Johan H.O. and Anna Rodvik. Marvin’s father was a Lutheran pastor and the family lived in North Dakota, Alberta, Canada, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.
Marvin’s older brothers joined the United States Navy in World War II, and he, too, felt strongly about serving his country in its greatest conflict. It took some time, but Marvin did manage to persuade his father to give him permission to leave high school to serve his country in the military. Receiving his father’s permission and both parents’ blessings, 17-year-old Marvin joined the U. S. Navy. Upon completion of his training, he was assigned to the USS Thompson.
After his time in the Navy, Marvin enrolled at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At Augsburg, he managed studies, work, marriage (Janice Hegge of Ortonville, Minn.) and family, and graduated in 1957 with a B.A. in Music and History. He and his wife, Janice, moved to Franklin, Minn., in 1957, where Marvin began his education career teaching Music and American History at the Franklin Public Schools.
Marvin was an entrepreneur at heart, and believed there was a need for a facility in Renville County to provide skilled care for elderly citizens. After several years of teaching, Marvin and Janice decided to venture into health care. They established Franklin Heights Nursing Home in 1961. The facility sits on a bluff overlooking the Minnesota River valley. Two years later, the Rodviks built another nursing home in Cosmos, Minn.
Marvin continued his connection with education by serving on the Franklin School Board for 12 years. During this time, he worked diligently for the pairing and consolidation of Franklin and Morgan schools. Marvin strongly believed it was the best choice for both schools, and would produce lasting, positive benefits for both communities.
A staunch and dedicated conservative, Marvin actively participated in Renville County politics, including serving as Chairman of the Renville County Republican Committee. This local duty led to his involvement at the state and national levels.
His love for music continued, and for 30 years he served as Director of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Senior Choir, in Franklin. In addition to the choir, Marvin was active in other areas of the church. His involvement at St. Luke’s included positions on the Church Council.  Marvin was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years, and a charter member of the Franklin Lions Club.
Marv enjoyed camping trips with his family. On one such trip to Canada, the Rodviks picked up a young Italian hitchhiker, Marco Scura. Marco became the adopted son of Marv and Jan, and visited Franklin many times over the years.
Marco joined their international family along with two young Norwegians, Aksel Oestgaard and Birger Reinertsen, who were introduced to Marv by his brother, Luther, and who also became special members of the Rodvik family.
During his retirement years, Marv combined his love of traveling with antiquing. He collected many clocks and watches, repairing them for resale at clock shows or selling them on eBay. Marv and Jan visited many antique shops on their drives back and forth to Florida each winter. For many years they enjoyed their Florida church activities, the beach, and the break from the Minnesota winter.
Marvin passed away Friday, April 5, 2013 at Auburn Home in Waconia, Minn., surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers David, Erling, Luther, Arnold, and nephew Dayton Rodvik. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janice; son Karsten Rodvik, children Hans, Karl, Nora, and their mother, Maureen O’Keefe, Anchorage, Alaska; daughter Martha and Stephen Clinehens, Walla Walla, Wash.; daughter Miriam and Charles Billings, Spearfish, S.D., children Adam, Luke and Anna; daughter Ann and Andrew Spurbeck, Waconia, Minn., children Justin, Maria, and Charlie; son John and Lucy Rodvik, Maple Grove, Minn., children Jason and Johan; sister Jofrid Miller, sister-in-law Rae Ann and Lionel Gilbertson, nieces, nephews, Johnson family cousins, Rodvik family cousins in Norway, family and friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 110 2nd Avenue East, Franklin, Minn., from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. During Friday evening’s visitation, a musical tribute in honor of Marvin will begin at 7 p.m. The Memorial Service, led by Roy Hope Ministries, will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:30 a.m., at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Franklin. Internment is at 4:30 p.m., at Oak Hill Memorial Park in New London, Minn.
The family is being assisted by Cremation Society of Minnesota: In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.