Marvin N. Gaul, 92, of Holy Cross, died peacefully at home Tuesday, Feb. 9, with his family by his side.
Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Kramer Funeral Home, Holy Cross. Visitation will continue from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Thursday morning, Feb. 18, at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by the VFW Post # 7736 and the American Legion Post #656. Rev. Noah Diehm will officiate.
Marvin was born July 1, 1928, in Luxemburg, the son of Alphonse and Regina (Fangmann) Gaul. He married Germaine Clemen Dec. 30, 1952, in Holy Cross. Marvin served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other designations for the valor he showed. Marvin was born and raised farming and continued doing so with his own family. There were many polka dances where Marvy and Germaine made lasting memories together. He enjoyed four wheeling with his family, giving anyone a ride who wanted one, even into his 90s. Marvy was the “field supervisor” for any farming and construction jobs going on locally.
Survivors include his six children: Gary (Carla) Gaul of Dyersville, Randy (Jean) Gaul of Farley, Nancy Klostermann of Dubuque, Brian (Carol) Gaul and Loren (Amy) Gaul, both of Holy Cross, and Dean (Karen) Gaul of Epworth; 19 grandchildren: Coby (Angie) Culbertson, Jamie (Tom) Boge, Becky (Jed) Hurst, Nicholas (Rosie) Gaul, Chad (Ann) Klostermann, Matthew (Manessa) Gaul, Kristin Klostermann, Kelly (Landon) Henriksen, Tanya (Nate) Amunrud, Megan Gaul, Stephanie (Ryan) Eby, Jordan (Kelly) Gaul, Holly (Wyatt) Syhlman, Hayle Gaul, Travis Gaul, Jacob Gaul, Trenton Gaul, Cody Gaul and Tanner Gaul; 19 great-grandchildren and one on the way; sibling, Gerald (Joan) Gaul of Farley; in-laws: Dolores Gaul of Epworth, Jerome (Patricia) Clemen of Holy Cross, Loras Clemen of Dubuque, Janice (Willis) Wagner of Holy Cross, Cathy (Don) Keppler of Manchester, Dale (Carol) Clemen of Dubuque, Linda Clemen of Colesburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife Germaine; parents; son-in-law, Jim Klostermann; parents-in-law, Alphonse and Armella Clemen; siblings: Leander Gaul in infancy, Laura and Ralph Meyer, Eldon and Helen Gaul, Eileen and Richard Hermsen, Virgil and Helen Gaul, and Lawrence Gaul; in-laws: Vernon Clemen, Darlene Clemen and Francis Clemen.
The family would like to thank MercyOne Senior Care of Dyersville and Hospice of Dubuque for their services and care during his last days.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com. Cards, letters and memorials may be mailed to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, PO Box 366, Holy Cross, IA 52053. Please include first and last name ‘Marvin Gaul’ on the outside of the envelope.