Marvin Elroy Kyllo, 85, Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 25, 2003

The funeral service for Marvin Elroy Kyllo will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. today, Feb. 25, at Bonnerup Funeral Service, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., and one hour before the service at the church. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Veterans’ Organizations.

Marvin died on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2003, at St. John’s Lutheran Home. He was 85 years old.

Marvin was born in Goodhue County, Minn., on March 28, 1917, the son of Robert and Clara (Dokken) Kyllo. He was a graduate of Goodhue High School. He attended the School of Agriculture, Farm Campus, St. Paul, received an associate’s degree from Rochester Junior College, bachelor of science degree from the University of Minnesota, and took summer courses at the University of Iowa, University of Nebraska, and Carleton College.

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Marvin served with the 4th Cavalry at Ft. Mead, S.D., in 1941 and was an exhibition rider and polo player. During World War II he served in the 13th U.S. Air Force where he flew B24s in the South Pacific.

On May 13, 1944, Marvin was united in marriage with Shirley Dickmann in the First Methodist Church, Boise, Idaho. They had lived in Boise, Idaho, and Newport News, Va., before moving to Albert Lea in 1951. They were members of First Lutheran Church where he had taught Sunday School and served on various committees.

As a young man, Marvin worked for Curtis Candy Company and Mayo Farms in Rochester. He taught junior high school science in District #241 schools in Albert Lea from 1951-1981. In the early 1960s he was instrumental in organizing summer science school for junior high students. He taught veterans’ agriculture classes after World War II for 13 years. He volunteered his time helping people receive their GED’s and senior citizens prepare their income tax. Marvin worked as an announcer, record keeper and judge for the Spring Barrow Show.

Marvin was a life time member of the VFW and American Legion, Shriners, Masons, and Scottish Rite. He helped organize the ecumenical dinners between the Shriners and Knights of Columbus.

Marvin’s many interests included: refinishing furniture, caning chairs, lawn work and rose gardening.

Marvin is survived by his wife, Shirley of Albert Lea; two sons: Jamie Kyllo and his wife Nancy of Albert Lea, and Eric Kyllo of Waco, Texas; three grandchildren: Kristin and Brian Kyllo of Albert Lea, and Amy Ladlie and her husband Aaron of Mankato; one great-grandson, William Ladlie; one sister, Clarice Peters and her husband Eugene of Wichita, Kan.; one sister-in-law, Doris Kyllo of Cannon Falls, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Kim Kyllo on Feb. 18, 2003; four brothers: Raymond, Hiram, Joel and Lloyd Kyllo; and two sisters: Stella Nelson and Hazel Hukee.

Marvin will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Blessed be his memory.