Marvin "Marv" Walston
Marvin Lyle "Marv" Walston, 88, of Waverly, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.
Marv was born Sept. 5, 1929, in Maloy, Iowa, the son of Cora Mae Weese and Thomas Walter Walston. He graduated
from Conway Consolidated High School in 1947. He then attended Northwest Missouri State College from 1947 to 1951. He was baptized and confirmed in May 1951 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Maryville, Mo. On June 4, 1951, Marv was united in marriage to Mary Frances Sherlock at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Maryville. Also, in 1951, Marv entered the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War with the 7th Army Division and 49th Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Following the service, the couple made their home in Des Moines, where Marv worked as a service representative for Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. from 1953 to 1956. They moved to Cedar Rapids, where he worked at Aetna Property & Casualty as a claims adjuster from 1957 to 1975.
In 1975, the couple moved to Waverly, where Marv became an independent insurance agent with Leslie Young Insurance Agency, which later became Young & Walston, and then Walston-Dandy. In 1992, the firm became Walston-Davis-Byl Insurance Agency, and then became First Insurance Services (now known as the Accel Group).
Marv truly loved Waverly and all his special friends whom he made over the years. Marv was very active, starting the men's over 30 basketball league in 1976, and in 1987, starting his annual Game Feeds, an event that is still happening. Marv was very active in Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and was always involved with numerous fundraising committees throughout the community. In 2001, Marv and his nephew, Gary Hoover, were very instrumental in building the Walston-Hoover Stadium. Marv always had been a longtime supporter of Wartburg and helped develop the Knights Booster Club. In 2007, Marv was inducted into the Waverly Heritage Days "Hall of Fame." With all this said, one of Marv's greatest passions was hunting, a passion he shared with many of his friends.
Marv was a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly. Marv was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many.
He is survived by his two sons and their wives, Mike (Mary) Walston of Kewaunee, Wis., and Dave (Cathy) Walston of Waverly; his six grandchildren, Amanda (Rich) DeGrave, Cassie (Ben) Ruoff, Betsy (Ryan) Roberts, Darcie Walston, Jamie (Heather) Schurbon and Brett (Misty) Schurbon; 11 great-grandchildren, Aidan and Madeline DeGrave, Quinn, Eve and Clay Roberts, Lucy, Willa and Emelia Ruoff, Eli and Ethan Schurbon and Olivia Schurbon; and sister, Elsie Preston of Lenox. Marv is also survived by his special friends, Rich (Kathy) Curphey and family, Rick (Jayne) Hall and family, Dennis (Marcia) Haugen and family; and all his special friends made over the years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, on July 17, 2011; four sisters; and five brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Waverly with Father David Ambrosy presiding. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly with a Scripture service at 7 p.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Waverly Area Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorials may be directed to either Wartburg College or Bells for St. Mary Catholic Church. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Waverly is assisting the Walston family with arrangements. (319) 352-1187.