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Marvin William Bringer

Marvin William Bringer, 83 Maywood, Mo., passed away on Aug. 16, 2023, in his home, MarLoRa Farm, where he had resided 51 years.  

The son of the late Virgil and Juanita Moore Bringer, Marvin was born on Sept. 2, 1939, in Lewistown, Mo. He was united in marriage to Loretta Lane Jones on March 17, 1962, and they welcomed their only child, Rachel Lane Bringer (Shepherd) into their life on Sept. 19, 1971.

Marvin William Bringer

Marvin is survived by his wife, Loretta; daughter, Rachel, and son-in-law, Bobby Shepherd; grandsons, Dalton, Luke, Jacob, and Elijah Shepherd; and two sisters, Ann Brink, Quincy, Ill.; and Dorothy Featherlin (Wendell), Carlisle, Pa.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Christine Bringer; a brother, Russell Bringer; and a brother and sister who died in infancy.

Marvin graduated from Lewistown High School in 1957 and left for the U.S. Army the morning after graduation. After two years of duty, he returned home to attend college at Kirksville State Teachers College. 

He then worked for AT&T Telephone or its affiliates for 36 years and retired in 2001.  

Marvin had great respect for land and named his farms for himself, his wife and his daughter, MarLoRa. He farmed throughout his adult life, loved raising cattle and enjoyed sharing his interest in cattle with his daughter and grandsons.   Several times he partnered with the Department of Conservation to develop conservation practices on his farms.

Marvin served as a deacon in the South Union Baptist Church since 1975 and taught a number of Sunday School classes.  

He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Telephone Pioneers of America. He also served as chairman of the Marion County Democrat Committee and was a member of the Marion County Democrat Club, Hannibal Regional Auxiliary and the Conservation Federation of Missouri.

Although he was very fiscally conservative, Marvin was very generous in helping his church, area organizations and young people in need.

Marvin enjoyed people and especially enjoyed campaigning with his daughter when she became state representative and presiding judge. He had a contagious smile; read every book that passed through his hands and enjoyed his trips to Europe, Hawaii and around the USA with his family.

Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. at South Union Baptist Church in Maywood with Doctor Woodrow Burt officiating. Interment will follow at Maywood Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Rick Meyer, David Roush, Randy Bringer, Rodney Bringer, Adam Jones and Brent Luttrell.

Visitation will be Sunday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the South Union Baptist Church in Maywood, and Monday morning from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the church. 

Memorials may be made to South Union Baptist Church or to Maywood Cemetery.   

Service arrangements are with Duker & Haugh Funeral Home, 823 Broadway, Quincy, Ill. 62301. 

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