Obituary: Marvin Lafrenz


Marvin Lafrenz, age 80, of Boone, Iowa, died Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, at Pearl Valley Rehabilitation & Nursing in Gowrie, Iowa.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will not be having a public memorial at this time.  A Celebration of Marvin’s Life will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be expressed online at  

Marvin Dale Lafrenz was born Aug. 9, 1939, in Davenport, the son of Otto and Floy (Hartsook) Lafrenz.  He served in the United States Army and later, on Feb. 10, 1963, was united in marriage to Nellie “Irina” Laws.  The couple settled in the Long Grove and Eldridge area and was blessed with two children, Tim and Tish.  Marvin was involved with Boy Scouts of America and helped coach softball and baseball for his kids.  He was employed 38 years as a mechanic with International Harvester in Moline.

Marvin was an active member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Davenport and volunteered at the Food Pantry there.  Later, he participated in the men’s Bible study group at Cross Point Family Church in Bondurant.  

Marvin and Irina took great joy in their family and even followed their daughter’s moves to help raise and nurture their grandchildren.  

Survivors include a daughter, Tish Palmer of Boone; a daughter-in-law, Chris Lafrenz of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren, Cory (Breanna Pollmeier) McDaniel of Davenport, Megan Martin of Lincoln, Neb., Abbie (Dalton) Higgins of Stratford, Kinzee Epperly of Des Moines, Emma (Harrison Slagle) Martin of Ames, Cami Martin of Boone, Jenny Lafrenz of Cedar Rapids, and Mark Lafrenz of Cedar Rapids; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn Lafrenz of Lowden, and Eileen Lafrenz of Washington, Ill.; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irina, on May 26, 2020; a son, Tim Lafrenz; his parents; and two brothers, Harvey and Russell Lafrenz. 

Ames Monument & Cremation Center has been entrusted with the care of Marvin and his family.


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