The Rev. Marvin's Story

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The Rev. Marvin Edward Engbrecht departed this world March 4.
Born Nov. 20, 1922, near Dolton, South Dakota, to David H. and Tena Duerksen Engbrecht, Marvin was the oldest son of seven children. At age 16, following his father's untimely death, he dropped out of Sunnyside Bible School in Freeman, South Dakota, to help operate the family farm. He would later earn a GED. Sensing a call to ministry, Marvin attended Colorado Springs Bible College and Chicago Evangelistic Institute.
On Dec. 25, 1942, he married Anne Viola Tschetter at her parent's home.
After the family farm was sold in a public auction, Marvin moved into full-time ministry pastoring the Mennonite Brethren in Christ Church in Dolton, South Dakota, from 1945-1951.
Recognizing a need for further education, Marvin moved his family to Indiana where he enrolled at Bethel College. From 1951-1955, as the father of four young children, he was a full-time student, worked the afternoon shift at Ball Band in Mishawaka, pastored the Wayside Chapel United Missionary Church and was president of student council his senior year.
Upon graduation, he accepted the call to plant a church in Huron, South Dakota, where he pastored from 1955-1960.
In 1960, he accepted a call to pastor the United Missionary Church in Trenton, Iowa. During the Iowa pastorate, he was elected district superintendent of the Midwest District of the United Missionary Church, doing double duty until the family moved to be near the district office in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1965.
For 17 years, he traveled between Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Colorado, supervising local Missionary churches and placing pastors.
In 1979, Marvin accepted the call to pastor the Brenneman Memorial Missionary Church in Goshen, where he served until 1990. That same year he joined the staff at Nappanee Missionary Church, serving 23 years before retiring at the age of 90.
During his many years of ministry, he served on a number of boards. He was a board member emeritus of the Bethel College Board of Directors.
Marvin enjoyed gardening, yard work, cooking, traveling, visiting with children and grandchildren and caring for his beloved wife, Anne. His outgoing nature resulted in numerous friendships over the years. He was known to acquaintances as a man of prayer. He viewed the Bible as his manual for an abundant life.
Pastor Marvin touched the lives of many, none more than the lives of his four children, their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his wife of 74 years, Anne; his parents, David and Tena Engbrecht; brother David Engbrecht; brothers-in-law, Andrew Ratzlaff, the Rev. Johnny Hofer, Raymond Scarff and Robert Schuler; and sister-in-law, Violet Hofer Engbrecht.
Marvin is survived by sisters, Esther Ratzlaff, Martha Hofer, Anna Scarff, Viola Schuler and brother, Ben Engbrecht; four children, JoLynn (Norm) Reimer, Peggy (Sonny) House, Dennis (Karla) Engbrecht and David (Christy) Engbrecht. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 19 great -grandchildren.
Services will take place at Nappanee Missionary Church Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. with visitation Sunday, March 11, from 2 to 5:45 p.m. at the church.
Private burial will be at South Union Cemetery.
All memorial gifts may be made to Nappanee Missionary Church Missions.
Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.
Published on March 6, 2018
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