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Marvin Kenneth Rau

Aug 15, 2020

Marvin Kenneth Rau

passed away August 8,

2020 in Bismarck, ND.

Marvin was born to God-

fried and Minnie Rau June

20, 1939 in Harvey, ND,

Marv played basketball

and football in school and

graduated from Anamoose

High School in 1956. He

worked on the railroad for

awhile before joining the

U.S. Marine Corps. He

was trained in Intelli-

gence and played on the

Marine football team. He

served 2 years, but once a

Marine always a Marine!

He married Arlene Horn-

bacher September 6, 1959

and they raised 3 children

together. Early on Marv

worked in a furniture

store in Rugby, then

bought the Rugby Lives-

tock which he found to be

his calling, Having gained

some experience in the

livestock business he part-

nered with his father

in-law and brother in-law

at the Minot Livestock.

While in Minot he raced

chariot and chuck wagon,

which was his passion in

life. He ventured onto to

sell real estate in Minot,

Rugby and Lake Meti-

goshe. He also worked as

a land man in Williston

for several years. He final-

ly settled at Lake Meti-

goshe where he owned a

glass and paint shop, then

added fiberglass flooring

to his accomplishments.

He expanded his fiber-

glass flooring business by

opening a shop in Man-

dan where he mentored

his sons and grandsons in

the business.

Marv was the type of

man who made friends

everywhere he went and

was loved by all. Marv

and Arlene’s family are

grateful for the wonderful

life they gave them and

the great memories over

the years, hunting, fish-

ing, riding horse, golfing

and water skiing. Life got

even better when the

grandchildren were born.

Marv and Arlene adored

all the grandchildren and

great grandchildren. Their

children didn’t hesitate to

travel several hours to

spend a weekend with

them playing games, boat-

ing and just being with

them. Being an avid foot-

ball fan, Marv managed

the family football pool

for several years. Marv

and Arlene had several

awesome groups of

friends who they spent

time with over the years.

Marv and Arlene were

known to be great enter-


Marvin spent the last

couple years in assisted

living at Augusta Place in

Bismarck. He made many

friends there and he spoke

highly of the people who

worked there and how

well they treated him. His

family appreciates that his

final days were spent sur-

rounded by such caring


Marvin was preceded

in death by his wonderful

wife, Arlene who passed

away February 2018; a

son, Kent Dale who died

at birth; his parents God-

fried and Minnie (Berndt)

Rau; father and mother

in-law Alvin and Adeline

(Helm) Hornbacher; sister

Irene and her husband

Emil Gross, and brother

in-law Gordon Thon.

Marvin mourned the

death of many friends.

Marvin is survived by

his sons Kenneth,

Bismarck, and Mark and

his wife Diane (Krogen)

Bismarck, and daughter

Renae Rau, Bismarck.

Grandchildren Nevin (Ali-

cia Schmidt) Huizenga,

Bismarck and their 4 chil-

dren; Gerrit Huizinga (Ali-

sha Larson), Mandan and

their daughter; Tracie (Ly-

don) Rau-Blom, Carpio

and their daughter; and

Scott Rau, Fargo, and his

daughter. He will also be

missed by his brother

Clarence (Fern Knuth)

Rau, Bismarck; and sister

Leona Thon Harvey;

brother in-law Daryl

Hornbacher and his wife

Heidi (Lang); and his

many nieces and


There was a rumbling

in the sky the evening that

Marvin passed away. His

family thinks he must

have arrived at the Pearly

Gates, which made us all

smile. Both Arlene and

Marvin were interned at

the North Dakota Veterans

Cemetery on August 11,

2020 at 1000 hours.

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