Marvin Alfred Amundson died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, with his family present at his home in Butte.
He was born May 29, 1923, in Glendive to Al and Marie Amundson. He fought as a Marine in WW II, enlisting as soon as he graduated from high school. He was one of only two in his battalion that returned home with no serious wounds.
God had bigger plans for Marv.
He attended the University of Montana and worked as a smoke jumper during the summers. There he met and married Selma Rudd. He graduated with a degree in Forestry. They had five children. He retired in 1985 as the district ranger for the Beaverhead National Forest Service. Marvin met and married Joann Royce in 1992. They felt the calling to be foster parents, and in the past 18 years they fostered close to 200 children. They adopted four of these children.
Marv was a quiet, unassuming man with a deep abiding love for our Lord Jesus. He was a strong, devout Catholic and an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a loving man — never finding fault in others. He saw only the good in people.
He was preceded in death by his wife Selma, his parents and two sisters, Alyce and Eleanor.
He is survived by his wife Joann; sons, Rollie (Ellen), Hal (Carla), Eric (Julie), Leif (Char), and daughter, Marie. Also, his beloved step-children: Steve (Megan), Ed (Bridget), Karen (Alex) and Beth (Bill). His adopted children: Jordon, Angie, Brandon and Cody.
Also surviving are his brother, Bob (Barb) Amundson and his sister, Mardi (Bob) Millons. Grandchildren include: Sarah, Jon, Ricky, Henry, Chad, Kassie, Mindy, Garret, Claire, Austin, Jessica, Scott, Tim, Sean and a great-grandson, Ben, and a great-granddaughter, McKenna. Extended families include: Michael and Diane Johnson family, Bob McLaughlin family, Kevin Gets family, Judy Veneke family, Keith Williams family, Shirley Burnett and L. Tierney.
Cremation has taken place in Butte. Parish Vigil Services will be conducted Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Liturgy of the Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock in church. Memorial donations may be made to the Foster Children Christmas Fund c/o DPHHS, 700 Casey St., Butte, MT 59701.