Prayers of sympathy to Gail Gess and family on the death of husband, Marv, who was a charter member at TLC.

Marvin “Bud” E. Gess Jr., age 87, of Ortonville, MN, passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019, at Milbank Care and Rehabilitation Center in Milbank, South Dakota.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Rev. David Tonn will officiate. A private burial will be at a later date.

Marv was born on March 17, 1931, in Odessa, MN. He attended and graduated from Ortonville High School and moved to Minneapolis, MN, where he worked for Swift & Company, and then moved to Bloomington, MN, where he and his wife joined as [Charter] members of Transfiguration Lutheran Church . Throughout the years at TLC he became involved in several ministries, including teaching Sunday School.

Insurance was Marv’s passion and he was very good at his trade. He opened his own office, “Insurance Pros”, placing new insurance agents. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener, and storyteller. He was a master at Cribbage, and he made friends wherever he went.

Marv is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Gail Gess of Milbank, SD; children: Debbie (Don) Fisher of Butte, MT; Sharon (Bob) Reid of Delano, MN; Karen Holmes of Lakeville, MN; Doug Gess of Ortonville, MN; Paul (Patti) Gess of Sparks, NV; and Jim Gess of Shakopee, MN; grandchildren: Kiyoshi, Nicole, Donnie, Haley, Kenzie, Ellie, Hunter, Jim, Jenny, Danielle, and Jesse; and five great-grandchildren.