Marvin Haller

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Marvin Karl Haller was born at home during the depression on Jan. 17, 1934. Once his mother realized a mistake was made on his birth certificate it was changed to Marvin Dale and remained so until his death at home on Jan. 19, 2021. 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date on the Cedar River.

Arrangements were handled by Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home, Guttenberg. 

Marvin was raised in an Olde World German neighborhood in Muscatine. As a toddler it was on a neighbor lady’s porch swing that he learned to sip beer. Once again when his mother realized it; there was no more porch swing for Marvin.

He always said that his family was one of the lucky ones during the depression as his dad had a job. His luck continued when in junior high he met his lifelong partner Barbara Whisler. They married on May 1, 1953, and soon to follow became the star of their show. Marvin was a graduate of Muscatine Community, State Teachers College and the University of Iowa. He taught the sciences in Guttenberg High School and Garnavillo High School where he was affectionately called Pa. 

Marvin loved to tackle jobs and small projects so much so that his sister-in-law always said “everyone needs a Marvin.” He once enthusiastically helped paint his brother-in-law’s Datsun with tester paint, and a roller, stood back and said, “not bad.” If you greeted him and asked him how he was doing his standard answer was, “too early to tell!” He was an over 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, The Masonic Lodge and El Kahir Shriners. 

Those left to carry on his legacy are his wife, Barbara; daughter, Cindy (Jeff) Pape; several nephews; brother-in-law, La Moyne Jacobs and special friends of over 50 years, Alan and Betty Schockemoehl.

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