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Marvin Darrel Kain was born Aug. 4, 1930, in Swan, the son of Marion and Clara (Wilson) Kain. He graduated from Swan High School. He liked to joke that he was the Valedictorian of Swan High School and that they closed it down after he left in 1948. Following high school, Marv attended the East Texas State Teachers College. He then served in the United States Air Force for four years, stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. Marvin was honorably discharged and returned to Swan. On Feb. 17, 1958, he was united in marriage to Frances (Breezy) Brees. He worked for Dyco in Des Moines before taking a job at Hines-Westberg International Harvester in Knoxville as a bookkeeper for 27 years. He then received his real estate license and later his broker’s license and owned and operated Kain Realty for many years. Marv also owned many rental properties in Knoxville. He actively worked to enhance the Knoxville community and was a former member of morning Kiwanis. Marv was a man strength and compassion. He loved his family and was always available to guide and advise them with life’s decisions. He never met a stranger and was always happy to visit; whether he was at a child or grandchild’s school event, the coffee group at Hardee’s or halfway across the country. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. Marvin passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, at the Mercy Medical Center, in Des Moines, at the age of 85 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Theresa Denise and his grandson, Caleb Kain McNeill. Those left to cherish Marv’s memory include his loving wife of 57 years, Frances; daughters: Lori Horstmann of Knoxville and Lisa (Brian) McNeill of Knoxville; grandchildren: Cory and Haley Horstmann and Colin and Cade McNeill; siblings: Raymond (Gloria) of Carlisle, Mary Louise Brown of Knoxville, Deanna Schutz of Winterset and Larry (Florence) of Liberty, Mo., and many nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial for Marvin was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church – Knoxville, Iowa on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Jacob Greiner, Celebrant. Musical Selections were provided by Mary Hanna, Organist & Mary Burke, Cantor and the selections were “The Town I Love so Well”, “River of Glory”, “On Eagle’s Wings”, “Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace”. Interment was in Graceland Cemetery – Knoxville, with Military Honors accorded by the United States Air Force, American Legion Baty-Tucker Post No. 168, and the V.F.W. John Myers Post #3519. For those desiring memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Unit at Pella Regional Health Center or to St. Anthony Catholic Church. Bybee & Davis Funeral Home handled arrangements and online condolences may be left at BertrandFuneralHomes.com.
Published on  November 19, 2015
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