Marvin Ellsworth Moen, 85, of Fort Myers, passed away on June 8, 2010 at Healthpark Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He is a former resident of Sanibel and Sioux City, Iowa.
Marvin was born to Annie and Mikkel Moen on April 6, 1925 in Sioux City. He graduated from Central High in June 1943 and was drafted into the United States Army in July of the same year. He served as a staff sergeant in the Field Artillery in the South Pacific, mainly in charge of a message center. Marvin was honorably discharged in February 1945.
On Dec. 6, 1947 Marvin married Marilyn Bjordal in Sioux City. The couple had two sons, Michael and Marc.
Marvin worked as a butcher at Rodeen’s Grocery; a route salesman at Metz Baking Company, for many years; and as a real estate agent at Homeland Realty, until retiring in 1997. Marvin and Marilyn moved to Sanibel, where they lived until moving to Cypress Cove in Fort Myers in 2009.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn, of Fort Myers; sons Mike of Des Moines, Iowa and Marc (partner Bobby Jett) of Iowa City, Iowa; granddaughter Brooke Moen of Oakland, Calif.; grandsons Andrew and Christopher Moen of Iowa City; nephews Don (Valetta) Hauge of Sioux City; Jeff (Linda) Watt of Sioux City; John (Marian) Guzallis of Grand Island, Ne.; Terry (Sandy) Guzallis of Omaha, Ne.; Joe Bjordal (partner Ken Hahn) of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mike Bjordal of Chicago, Ill.; Kelly (Sharon) Bjordal of Eagan, Minn.; Peter Pierson of Fairbanks, Alaska; and Chris (Becky) Pierson of Plymouth, Minn.; nieces Arlie (Bob) Birney of Bloomington, Minn.; Beverly Buttermore of Wichita, Kansas; Karen (Denny) Jensen of Littleton, Co.; Becky (Chris) Kersting of Yuba City, Calif.; Chriss (Ed) Camenzend of Sioux City; Jacque Watt of Waterloo, Iowa; and Judy Watt of West Des Moines, Iowa; sisters-in-law Norma (John) Pierson of Plymouth, Minn. and Pat Bjordal of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; and former daughters-in-law Kirsty Moen of Okoboji, Iowa and Monica Moen of Iowa City.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mikkel and Annie Moen; sisters Clara (Al) Hauge, Agnes (Cliff) Watt, Kalma (Olin) Martin, and Margaret (John) Guzallis; nephews Tom Watt and Dick Watt and brother-in-law Joseph Earle “Bud” Bjordal.
Celebration of Life services will be held at the Chapel of Cypress Cove in Fort Myers on Thursday, June 17 at 2 p.m. A graveside service will take place later in Sioux City, Iowa.
Marvin E. Moen