Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 9, 2013

Marvin C. Egeler

LAKE LEELANAU — Marvin Carl Egeler, 84, of Lake Leelanau, passed away Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Marvin was born Oct. 31, 1928, in East Leland, the son of Harold and Delia (Alpers) Egeler. On Sept. 24, 1960, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Leland, he married his loving wife of 53 years, Gwendolyn E. Steffens-Garthe, who survives.

Marvin graduated from Leland High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Sault Ste. Marie. After discharge from the service, he worked one winter on the Ludington Car Ferry and then farmed potatoes and strawberries and then later cherries.

He helped with the excavation of Sugar Loaf Mountain Ski Resort and Timberlee Ski Resort. Marvin co-owned Little Finger Excavating with his brother Eugene, which was later taken over by his nephew, Mike Egeler.

Marvin was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland and then a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Good Harbor.

Marvin really enjoyed family gatherings, farming, his tractors, and his Ford F-150, affectionately known as “Marv’s Baby.”

Marvin is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn; two daughters, Tina (Lynn) Belanger, and Cindy Plamondon; five stepchildren, Peggy (Ken) Roush, Glenn (Penny) Garthe, Sharon (Bob) Howard, Wendy (Jim) VerSnyder, and Carl (Shirley) Garthe; three siblings, Dorothy Polack, Robert (Lucy) Egeler, and Alvin (Vera) Egeler; a sister-in-law, Helen Egeler; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Eugene “Pete” Egeler.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 9, at Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church of Leland. Rev. Robert W. Wurst, Jr., Pastor at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, and Rev. Lawrence K. Matro, Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial in East Leland Cemetery will follow the service.

Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2943 S. Manitou Trail, Cedar, MI 49621 and/or Michigan Parkinson Foundation, c/o Grand Traverse Evening Support Group, 801 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686.

Please share memories with Marvin’s family at the online obituary at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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