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Marvin J. Walter service set for June 7 - UPDATED

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Marvin J. Walter of Ames died Wednesday, June 1, after an eight-year struggle with multiple myeloma.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 6, from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 2210 Lincoln Way, Ames, with a 7 p.m. vigil service.  A mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 7 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Father Jon Seda officiating.

Marv was born on August 22, 1940 to parents, Regina and Ralph Walter.  He was raised on a farm near Watkins, Iowa and graduated high school in Blairstown in 1958.  He received two degrees in Animal Science at Iowa State University in 1962 and 1964.

Marv married Janice Gordon Walter on September 19, 1964.  They spent five years in Chicago where Marv first worked for the American Meat Institute, then as a commodity broker on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  In 1968 they came back to start a meat-related business with two partners.  Over the years, he operated Carriage House Meat, Provision Company and several affiliated businesses. On the state and national level, Marv was involved in several organizations related to the livestock and meat industry.

 Marv and Jan have two daughters.  Allyson (David Sprague) Walter, Jewell, and Stacy (Bill) Woodward, of Ames.  He is also survived by three grandsons, Rob Doud, Billy Woodward and Grant Woodward; two  step-grandchildren, Samantha Sprague and Jacob Sprague; a brother Russell (Sharon) Walter, Norway, IA;  and sisters  Patricia (David) Jansma, Waco, TX and Kathy (Jim) Flemister, Plant City, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Marv was a very active member of the community, serving on boards and in organizations.  He has for a number of years been on the First National Bank board and Chairman of the Board of Ames National Corporation.  He was a Rotary member, serving at one time as it’s president, and served a number of years on the board of Mary Greeley Medical Center.  He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and cherished the lifelong friendships he made as a fraternity member.  He was inducted into the National Alpha Gamma Rho Hall of Fame.  He worked closely with active members of the fraternity every year.

 Marv was involved in many Iowa State University activities.  He was on the Board of Governors and received the Order of the Knoll award for Distinguished Service.  He also received the Floyd Andre award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture.  He served as president of the ISU Alumni Association.

Marv had a special interest in young people and supported the 4-H programs.  He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ames.

Marv loved tennis, golf, horseback riding, and spending time with family and grandchildren at Clear Lake and Fountain Hills, AZ.  He always wanted to be busy and on the move.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ag Pavilion Project/ISU Foundation or to Bliss Cancer Center at McFarland Clinic, 1111 Duff Ave., Ames.

 Online condolences may be sent to

Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care is assisting the family.


Jan, Allyson and Stacy,
Please accept my sincere condolences at the passing of Marv. My personal connection with him was through political interests. When I traded my efforts from supporting others to running, myself, I turned to him for advise, as I knew him as someone who would be honest and encouraging, while never compromising principle for partisanship. Such men are hard to find.
I have great memories of you two girls as students. Your parents are surely very, very proud of you. Losing those closest to us is always painful, but with each passing, we are reminded that, with God's grace, we will be with our loved ones again one day.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ron Krull

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