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Marvin Espe

January 11, 1936 — July 10, 2019

A memorial service for Marvin L. Espe will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Frank Hall Park in Albert Lea with Captain Jim Brickson officiating.  Please bring a lawn chair with you for the memorial service.  Interment will take place at Hollandale Cemetery.

Marvin passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at his home in Albert Lea.  He was 83 years old.

Marvin L. Espe was born on January 11, 1936 in Mower County, MN to Eric and Olga (Larson) Espe.  After his schooling, Marvin started work right away.  On November 26, 1960, he was united in marriage to Trena (Bolhuis) in Hollandale, MN.  To this union, three children were born.

Marvin worked at the Albert Lea Foundry for 33 years.  When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed riding his lawn mower, moving snow, fishing, camping, gardening, and always enjoyed a good cup of coffee!  More than anything, Marvin loved when he could spend time with his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Trena; both parents, Eric and Olga Espe; siblings, Velma Houchin, Marion McClough, Helen Dean, Marlys Thostenson, and Merlin (Beverly) Espe; brothers in-law, Daniel Bolhuis, Henry Bolhuis, and Bill Noordhoek.

Marvin is survived by his children, Marilynn (Todd) Lancaster, Michelle (Todd) Oakland, Marlin Espe and Martie Carlsgaard; grandchildren, Brook (Cristian) Lopez, Eric (Britani) Espe, Natalie (Timothy Kastens) Oakland, Andrew (Samantha Lein) Borland, Jacob Borland, Tyler (Brenna Classen) Espe, Marissa Oakland, Morgan Espe, and Brandon Espe; great-grandchildren, Gracelynn Lopez, Cristian Lopez, Leighton Borland, and Evelynn Lopez, and Levi Espe; sisters in-law, Anna Noordhoek, and Gloria Bolhuis; Dean, the dog; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.

Marvin was never in a hurry, you may have heard him say, “I’ll get there when I get there” or “If you’re in that big of a hurry, you shoulda left yesterday!”  Well, Marvin, you’ve made it there!  Marvin and Trena will re-unite in heaven after just two months apart.  Blessed be his memory!

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