BARK RIVER - Marven O. Palmgren, 89, 4411 D.15 Road, Bark River, passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital.
He was born on Feb. 15, 1923 in Bark River, son of Herman and Ellen (Sundquist) Palmgren. He attended Bark River School.
Marven served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged a Gunner's Mate Third Class on Dec. 16, 1945. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, European-African - ME Area Campaign Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal.
Marven O. Palmgren
On Dec. 27, 1947, Marven married the former Lenore Larson at Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River. He was employed at Harnischfeger as a welder and inspector until his retirement in 1982.
Marven was a lifelong resident of Bark River. He was a volunteer for the Bark River Township Fire Department for many years and helped out at the Bark River Off Road Races.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River and the Bark River Rheaume-Knauf American Legion Post 438.
He enjoyed hunting, playing golf and was known for his daily walks to the casino following his retirement. Marven was an avid Detroit Tigers, Green Bay Packers, and Bark River Broncos fan. He enjoyed going to the Broncos girls and boys basketball games. More recently, he often enjoyed sitting and watching the birds.
Survivors include his wife, Lenore of Bark River; children, Sandy Palmgren of Milwaukee, Linda (Bruce) Beck of Nekoosa, Wis., Gary (Charlotte) Palmgren of Lake Elmo, Minn., Kelly (Sandy) Palmgren and Tina (Kurt) Grezinski both of Stevens Pt., Wis.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Rosella Grenfell of Escanaba.
He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Damien Beck; brothers, Arnie, Wesley, Chester, Donald, Kenneth, Elroy; and sister, Jean Jenson.
Visitation will be on Sunday, Sept. 30th from 1 to 3 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Bark River. The Bark River Rheaume-Knauf American Legion Post 438 will have military rites at 2 p.m. The funeral service celebrating the life of Marven Palmgren will follow at 3 p.m. with Pastor Paul Strom officiating.
Burial will be in Bark River Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Palmgren family.