Marvin Eisenbraun, age 82 of Kadoka, SD, died May 23, 2009, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Services were held Wednesday, May 27, at the Kadoka City Auditorium, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.
Music was provided by Jo Christensen, pianist, Dale and Gene Christensen and Alma Crosbie and Alice Richter, vocalists. Eulogy was given by Cory Eisenbraun.
Ushers were Sterling Riggins, Wayland and Troy Eisenbraun. Pallbearers were Jason Schmit, Paul, Derek, Cory and Kyle Eisenbraun, Dustin Reutter, Krystal Ring and Angel Getz.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Kukal, Floyd Vogelgesang and all relatives, friends and neighbors in attendance.
Interment with military honors by the American Legion Post #240 of Martin, will be at the Kadoka Cemetery.
Marvin W. Eisenbraun was born September 29, 1926, in Creighton, SD, the oldest of seven children born to Alexander and Hattie (Kapfenstien) Eisenbraun. His father died when Marvin was a young child. Marvin often spoke of his childhood memories at Creighton before his dad died, at which time the family moved many times due in large part to the Depression. The family settled in Norris where Marvin attended Corn Creek School, then moved to the Wanblee area where he attended Kadoka High School.
At the age of 18, Marvin was drafted into the United States Army. While in the Army, Marvin served in Japan during WWII. After his honorable discharge, Marvin returned to the farm-ranch in Washabaugh County.
Marvin was united in marriage to Cloreta Riggins on June 21, 1947 in Kadoka. They made their home on the farm-ranch in Washabaugh County, where they resided until September of 2007, when they moved into Kadoka. In February 2009, Marvin entered the Kadoka Nursing Home where he has since resided.
Marvin was a wise and practical man. As a farmer and rancher Marvin's hopes were so closely bound with the land. Marvin was a man of many accomplishments throughout his lifetime. Starting his life with very little and working hard everyday, his face and hands worn from the years of labor, to keep the farm and ranch going. He loved farming which is hard work and full of financial uncertainty. He always spoke in terms of "next year" country. He always had a warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes. Marvin loved his family and loved his country, and served them both very well.
As a child, Marvin attended the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Creighton. Later, Marvin was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Wanblee and then transferred to the Presbyterian Church in Kadoka. He was also a lifetime member (63 years) of the American Legion Post #240 of Martin. He served on the Jackson/Washabaugh County ASCS Board, the FHA Board, and also on the Kadoka Hospital Board. He was very generous to missions in Wanblee and other local missions.
Marvin is survived by his wife of 61 years, Cloreta; two sons, Randy Eisenbraun and his wife, Laurie, of Gordon, John Eisenbraun and his wife, Lesa, of Kadoka; one daughter, Nancy Totton and her husband, Rex, of Kadoka; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Melvin Eisenbraun of Sturgis, and Robert Eisenbraun of Kadoka; one sister, Alvina Parkinson and her husband, Larry, of Kadoka; one step-sister, Deloris Griffin of Oakdale, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by one son, Paul Eisenbraun; one grandson, Shane Reutter; his parents; three brothers, Mike, Art, and Hugo; two step-brothers, Sheldon and Derold Munger; one half-brother, Lester Kapfenstein; and his step-father, Ernest Munger.
A memorial has been established to the Kadoka Nursing Home.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka. Online guestbook available at www.rushfuneralhome.com