Marvin Arbo, of Ogilvie, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale. He was 79 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18th at the Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.
VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Memorials to the Veteran’s Memorial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Marvin Dale Arbo, son of Kenneth and Ellen (Sjoberg) Arbo, was born on June 3, 1934, in Bock, MN. Marvin spent his early years in the local area. In the latter 1950’s Marvin joined the United States Army, where he attended The Quartermasters School. He received awards for Carbine Sharpshooter, Rifle Marksman and the Good Conduct Medal. During his time in the military he served overseas in several places including Germany and the Middle East -Lebanon. Following his discharge from the Army, Marvin moved to the Twin Cities and began working in St. Paul at Quality Park Products and stayed there for many years. During that time he attended and was confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN.
After his retirement from Quality Park Products, Marvin moved back to the Mora/Ogilvie area where he spent the rest of his life. Soon after arriving back in the area, Marvin began his second career as a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network. Marvin spent over 15,000 hours as a volunteer driver and logged in over 200,000 miles. He received many awards from the DAV while serving as a volunteer driver and gained a myriad of friends who were volunteer drivers from other areas. He spoke of them frequently and treasured the hours spent with them. Mostly, he valued the hours spent with the many veterans he drove to their appointments and considered them all his friends.
When not volunteering for the DAV, Marvin spent time visiting with his “local” friends at the coffee shops in Mora. Hardly a day went by where Marvin wasn’t spotted “having coffee” and sharing jokes and stories with his friends. This also included playing jokes on each other. When not with his friends, Marvin loved to watch and feed the birds and always had at least one or more bird feeders and waterers in his yard. And, as he loved driving so much, he spent hours in his car on the back roads watching the wildlife. He also had a very soft spot for domesticated furry animals, namely 2 English Springer Spaniels named Bonnie and Clyde. Marvin spent time almost every day with the two dogs and sometimes babysat for them. He received many wet kisses, slobbers and snuggles after handing over a few treats.
For the past year or two, Marvin experienced extensive health problems. The problems persisted and became severe as time passed. A few weeks prior to his death, Marvin made a change in his life. He moved to the Villages of St Clare in Mora where a number of new, wonderful and loving friends entered his life and he spent many happy times with them. Regrettably, Marvin passed away unexpectedly at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale on Friday afternoon, the 14th of June at the age of 79 years, and 11 days.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters. Marvin is survived by Bonnie and Clyde, some cousins, his close friend Roger and his very long list of wonderful and caring friends.
A Funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora with Rev. Linda Fouts officiating. Casket Bearers were Henry Bos, Michael Dunlap, Bill Leppanen, Richard Martens, Curt Orstad, and Kathleen Sutterland. Interment was in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora. Military Honors were provided by the Ogilvie American Legion.