Marvin R. Farni, 83

Marvin R. Farni, 83, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Marvin Robert Farni was born on January 11, 1930 in Nevada, Iowa to Howard and Emma (Larson) Farni. He attended school in Milford Township for 8 years before staying home to work on the family farm near Zearing, Iowa.

In 1948, Marvin joined the Army, proudly serving his country in the Korean War. In 1952, he returned to Marshalltown where he went into business with his brother, Elmer. In 1957 Marvin and Elmer formed Farni Brothers Construction, building several homes in Marshall County and the surrounding area.

On March 24, 1951 Marvin married Marie A. Backous in Nevada, Iowa. Unto this union three children were born, Douglas Robert, Debra Lynn and David Brian.

In 1978 Marvin and Marie moved to Ames, before relocating to Glendale, AZ where they resided until 2004. While in Arizona, Marvin quickly became known as “The Iowa Handyman”, a man who could fix anything. Upon returning to Ames in 2004, Marvin continued his love of working with his hands and woodworking, creating a variety of treasured bird houses.

In October 2012 due to declining health, Marvin and Marie moved to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, where he resided until his death.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Marie Farni of Marshalltown, son, Doug Farni of Ames, daughter, Deb (Robert) Brown of Marshalltown, granddaughter, Niki Brown of Boston, MA, grandsons, Ryan Brown of Ankeny and Garrett Farni of Ames. Sister, Dorothy Ball of Fairfield Bay, Arkansas, Sister-in-laws, Lois Fjelland of Huxley, Shirley (Larry) Evans of Ames and Diana Cable of Rogers, Arkansas, and special friend, Roxanne Nielsen.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; son, David; brother Elmer Farni and sister Marge Cramer.

A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Malloy Hall Chapel at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.