In Memory of

Marvin Michael Thuringer

May 13, 1932 - October 21, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Marvin Michael Thuringer

Marvin Michael Thuringer

Born: May 13, 1932
Died: October 21, 2021
Age: 89

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Patricia Thuringer
1211 St. Luke Dr.
Apt. #308
Spencer, Iowa 51301

Marv Thuringer obit


On Thursday, October 21st, at the ripe young age of 89, Marvin Michael Thuringer passed away comfortably in his sleep with his wife and love of his life, Pat, by his side. We think she deserves a medal of honor by putting up with his shenanigans all these years. Marv is now reunited with his mom Annie, father Frank and brothers Loren and Jerry.

To know Marv was to love Marv…or at least tolerate Marv. His corny joke telling is legendary, like his favorite “What is racecar spelled backwards?”. He told this joke upwards of 10,000 times. Marv also prided himself on his relentless teasing of his kids and grandkids by giving them “snakebites” or amazing them with his “hidden finger trick”. Growing up in Parkston, South Dakota, “Marvelous Marv”, as he liked to call himself, was quite the athlete. To this day, he still holds the school record for most touchdowns scored in a game, which he reminded his family of constantly… & WE MEAN CONSTANTLY!  Marv loved to paint and nothing brought him more joy than to give away his paintings to friends and family… and if you weren’t lucky enough to be the recipient of one of his paintings, I’m sure you were a victim of one of his bad jokes. In his later years, Marv’s favorite activity was to nap…and he did it well… and often! In fact, even though he is now young & healthy again, he is probably napping as we speak.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Patricia; sons Thomas (Beth) Thuringer of Sun Lakes, AZ and Mark (Susan) Thuringer of Cedar Falls, IA; daughter Cathy (Steve) Shea of Bellevue, NE; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends. 

Marv lived a long and wonderful life and was loved by all. He will be greatly missed.

PRIVATE FAMILY MEMORIAL SERVICES will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father Tim Hogan
There will be no visitation
Riverside Columbarium
Riverside Cemetery 
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 9:38 AM
“Hi Pat. I'm so sorry to hear of Marv's passing!! I didn't know him as well as I did you since you practically raised all 3 of my kids (Ryan, Tasha and Kylee) when I was doing my job as the Aquatic Director at the YMCA. I think of you often!!”
- Janet Doede (Gross)
Friday, October 29, 2021 at 8:39 PM
“So sorry to hear about Marv, he was truly an amazing guy!! I played hundreds of hours of racquetball with that man and it was a great workout every time! But even more important it was always enjoyable and I could see where Mark got his sense of humor! God Bless you Marv and thanks for bringing so many smiles to so many people!”
- Ron (Muss) Lowe
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 3:38 PM
“I worked with Marv at Crescent Electric and ENJOYED every minute of it. Rest in peace Marv.”
- Loren and Rhonda Remillard
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 12:35 PM
“Paf and family, so sorry for your loss. So enjoyed Marv's words of wisdom and his wonderful sense of humor. He will be missed!”
- Joan Wimmer
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“I used to shoot the breeze with Marv when hanging with Tom during high school. He was very easy to talk with. After all these years I can still recall Marv stating how he had been offered various promotions but that he had declined them as he felt it wasn't the right thing to do for his family at that time as it would involve moving. A pretty impressive demonstration of the man's priorities; it made an impression on me as I got older and could comprehend it better. Tom and crew, thanks for letting me know him and deepest sympathies to you all.

- David S Nelson
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 11:28 AM
“Pat and Family, Sympathies to you and your Family. . Marv was not only a fun person to be around but a nice gentleman. Kathy and I will miss Marv. God Bless.”
- Doug & Kathy Peck
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM
“Pat I was sorry to hear about Marvin's passing. What a fun crazy guy! I'll always remember his jokes and teasing and how I always enjoyed teasing him right back. He reminded me of a favorite uncle of mine. He will certainly be missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts go out to you and your family.”
- Joy DeWall
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:34 AM
“So very sorry for your loss, Pat and family. What a wonderful man. Always enjoyed his jokes.”
- Margaret and Mel Molitor
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 9:48 AM
- Maryjo Harrahill
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 9:47 AM
“Pat and family,
I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful man. Whenever I would see him, I would smile and wait for one of his jokes. He was always a bright spot. My prayers of sympathy, comfort, and peace.
Mari lu”
- Mari lu Larson
Monday, October 25, 2021 at 9:47 AM
“Sending our deepest sympathy. We know that your Dad was a special man and that he will leave an empty chair at the family table. Know that he is at peace resting in Gods arms and watching over his family forever. You all will be in our daily prayers. With Love and Aloha, Tom and Cyndi Shea”
- Thomas and Cynthia Shea
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:13 PM
“I enjoyed my encounters with Marv at the YMCA in years past! Deepest sympathy to the Thuringer family!”
- Jay Santage
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:13 PM
“Dear Pat and family we are sorry for our loss. When we moved in across the street we enjoyed our new neighbors. He always had a joke when I mow the lawn or get the mail I find a little mn or creature on the fence or mail box. Marv and Pat you were very good neighbors and we will miss Marv smiling face and his jokes. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and our family.”
- Greg Foote & Cindy Evans
Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:12 PM
“This obituary is such a beautiful tribute. There wasn't anyone in the world like Uncle Money. The man was hilarious and it was absolutely impossible not to love him. Having a beer at Stork's Bar, I'd turn around and there was Money beside me, ready to deliver a joke and to call you a "dummy" if you didn't catch on quickly enough. Then there was Pat, standing by, ready to let him know when he had gone too far. Such great memories. His snake bites will live in our memories forever as will his kind and mischievous smile. How fortunate you all were to have him as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed. ”
- Nancy Hoey
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:35 PM
“Marv was one of a kind. I last saw him in the hallway at the Highlands. I was visiting with my wife's grandpa and my kids were wandering around the hallways and they were being amazed by Marv's separating thumb trick. I couldn't it believe it this was the same guy from my own childhood that showed me that very same trick at the YMCA. I told my kids everytime I saw him at the YMCA when I was their age I went up to him to get him to show me a new trick or joke. He was a great person and was glad he had the chance to show my own kids that very same trick. May you rest in peace my friend. ”
- Dan Lowe
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 1:41 PM
“Marv left the same sense of humor within his kids! He was one of a kind—a great father, husband and member of Spencer’s community! Your legacy lives on. ”
- Amy Engel
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:18 AM
“My sincere condolences to Pat and the entire Thuringer Family. I played a fair amount of Racquetball with "dink and dunk" Marv at the YMCA back in the day. Every one of those experiences was a time of smiles and laughter, and one of the best workouts you could find. And you couldn't ever pass by Marv Thuringer without stopping briefly for a friendly exchange and most likely a "Marv joke". He was one of a kind to be sure, always smiling, always happy, a great person to be around.

R.I.P. Marv Thuringer ”
- Tony Lowe
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:17 AM
“Pat..what can I say about my frequent visitor and constant meddler. Oh, he was a total jokester and always had something funny to say about you. We did share alot of laughs about him together. He loved bringing in his latest painting for me to see and talk about. He was truly one in a million. God rest his soul. My prayers are with you and your family at this time. God Bless You.”
- Becky LaBarre
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“Mark and family- My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Loved the obit, he sounds like one of the good ones. ”
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“After reading through Quarter's obituary, it dawned on me that he definitely taught me that race car joke… he gave me my first “snake bite” at only three years old, and I will never forget that!!!! Anytime I see that painful event occurring, I always think of him!! I still have one of his paintings that he gave me of a cardinal bird perched among a snowy bush. I have always cherished that painting from him, because I felt so special to receive it. I will cherish it even more now, and will always be thankful for it. His goofiness and shenanigans were easily my favorite, and something I ALWAYS looked forward to for family reunions... What a legend he was ❤️I can't imagine what you guys are going through. I will miss him a lot. Thinking of you guys. ”
- Maya Heckart
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:03 AM
“Marv was a all around good person and he will be so miss by everyone and his jokes were the best.. God will be with u Pat as u and ur family mourn a great man..”
- Diane Mullenberg
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Our sincere sympathies to you Pat and your entire family. We have many wonderful memories of being included in your family holidays and kiddos birthday celebrations. Marv was always so entertaining and fun.
- Bob and Wendy Van Gorp
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“I played racquetball with Marv in my early Spencer years at the Y. Also known as Dr. Dink, he had the uncanny ability to place that little blue racquetball in places that I could never seem to get to. He had amazing court presence and hardly moved during the games we played. I was running all over the place and he was hardly breaking a sweat. I always admired him for that. Between points we would banter back and forth about whatever. He was one that I truly enjoyed playing against. I came up on the short end of many games, but to play against Dr. Dink was totally worth it. I feel very blessed to have crossed his pathway in the racquetball court!! RIP Marv :)”
- Chris Gude
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Pat and family, My sympathies to all of you. Marc was such a fun guy!”
- Dr. Kenneth Hunziker
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Pat so sorry for your loss. Marv was truly nd of a kind. He was so liked and loved by anyone who met him. He will be missed. Many hugs and prayers sent your way. Bill and Bonnie Welle”
- Bonnie and William Welle
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 8:02 AM
“Pat and family-we are sorry to hear of Marv's passing. He was a great neighbor and always had a joke up his sleeve. cherish his memories-may they bring you peace. Love and prayers.
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 5:02 PM
“Marv will always hold a very special place in my heart. He taught Thad to paint and I still have the picture. Hugs and prayers to all.”
- Joyce Kintigh Chesney
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