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Marvin C. Benthin

October 20, 1933 ~ May 17, 2019 (age 85)


Marvin C. Benthin, age 85, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019, at a local care center.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown.  Pastor Steve Biswell will officiate.  The family is requested to meet at the chapel by 10:30 a.m. for a prayer service.

Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. and prior to services at the chapel on Friday.

Burial will be at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown.  Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Codington County Post #17 of the American Legion of Watertown and the Military Funeral Honors Team of the SD Army National Guard.  Honorary pallbearers will be all of Marvin’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Active pallbearers will be Marvin A. Benthin, Larry Benthin, Lane Muckey, Dean Benthin, Gus Benthin, Kevin Benthin and Mike Mitchell.

Marvin was born on October 20, 1933, on his family farm in rural Watertown, SD, to Herbert and Emma (Schaaf) Benthin.  He was one of 15 children.  He attended grade school in rural Watertown, then walked from his home in Watertown to Madison, SD, where he attended college.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and after the War, returned home to Watertown where he was employed with the City of Watertown Waste Water Treatment Plant.  After retiring, he worked and ran Benthins’ Bait Shop.

Marvin enjoyed farming and raising cattle.  He thrived on dancing, bowling and visiting with his family, friends and relatives.  Marvin was a big advocate for the Schaaf family reunions.  He also promoted the Cub Scouts pack in Watertown which led up to the Eagle Scouts.

Marvin is survived by his children: Marvin Benthin of Hudson, CO, Debbie (Paul) Sweet of Watertown, SD, Kenneth Benthin and Sara (Alvin) Cordell, both of Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Orlin “Cap” (Kay) Benthin of Texarkana, TX, and Daniel (Brenda) Benthin of Wallace, SD; and one sister, Janice “Pudge” Kaasa of Davenport, IA.

Marvin is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Emma; 9 brothers; 2 sisters; and his ex-wife, Louise Benthin Johnson.











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