Marvin Ray Zeller

  • Born: July 16, 1936
  • Died: February 23, 2020
  • Location: Alden, Minnesota

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Wells, MN 56097

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Marvin Ray Zeller, age 83, of Alden, Minnesota died on Sunday, February 23, 2020 in Mesa, Arizona. A celebration of Marvin's life will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at the Zeller farm shop, 18681 650th Ave., Alden, MN. Military Honors will be presented at 1:00 PM, followed by visitation with Marvin's family from 1:00-4:00 PM. To leave an online condolence, please visit

Marvin was born on July 16, 1936 at Knoxville, Iowa to Coniston E. (Smith) and Mervin L. Zeller. He lived at Cedar Rapids, Spirit Lake, Packwood and Marathon, Iowa, where his father was a county agent and rented farms. In 1950 his family purchased the Howe farm south of Alden where they crop farmed and raised Purebred Hereford.
Marvin graduated from Alden High School in 1954 and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He played football during his tour of duty in Germany and traveled Europe, achieving rank of PFC and receiving his honorable discharge in July, 1956.
He married Joyce Petersen February 9, 1958 and lived next door to the family farm. He was active in 4-H as a youth and also as an adult leader. He was very proud of his herd of Simmental cattle and enjoyed participating in cattle shows. He was a member of the American Simmental Association and the Freeborn County Cattlemen's Association. He was also a member of the Alden United Methodist Church and the American Legion Post #56.
Marvin worked for Ivan Sorensen shelling corn and worked during the pea and sweetcorn harvest at DelMonte and Green Giant for many years. He sold Farmers Hybrid seed and devoted his life to his farm and his family. He enjoyed travel and winters in Arizona, and time with his family. Marvin always made time to go fishing with family and friends. Many wonderful memories were made during fishing trips to Canada. He looked forward to helping with field work and driving his 1956 Ford on trips with the Classic Cruisers.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Joyce Zeller of Alden, Minnesota; his children: son, Jeff Zeller and his wife Beth Zeller, Alden; daughter Barb Zeller and her husband Wayne Wilmot, Alden; daughter Beth Birch and her husband Trevor Birch, Albert Lea; son David Zeller and his wife Lisa Zeller, Willmar. Grandchildren: Matthew Zeller and his wife Steph and their children Jackson and Amy, Grimes, Iowa; Michele (Shelly) Zeller and her fiancée Craig Drescher and Shelly's daughter, Bethany Yokiel, Alden; Solia and Anna Birch, Albert Lea.
He is also survived by brother Jerry and his wife Gloria Zeller, sister-in-law Joan VanDeer and nieces and nephews.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, inlaws: Eienhardt and helen (Tavis) Petersen and brother-in-law, Robert VanDeer.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences. I worked with David for many years and enjoyed the many stories about Marvin and their trips to AZ. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Alisa Taatjes - Spicer, MN - Family Friend   March 04, 2020

I'll always remember Marvin when I see all the hundreds of granite rocks large and small we have making up our pond and in our flower beds. We came down from the Cities with our trailer many times in years past to bring up rocks from his large rock piles on the farm.
We'll never forget your warm smile, gracious spirit and gentle laugh. You loved, and were so proud of your farm legacy and the land. Rest in peace Marvin!

Posted by Gene and Kris Klingbeil - Burnsville, MN - friend   February 28, 2020

I enjoyed Marvin each time he came into the FSA office. He had a kindness to him that shined through as we worked together in getting his questions answered & paperwork completed each time he entered the office. Will always remember his laugh, also. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Eloise Aldrich - Albert Lea, MN - Friend   February 27, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to you all.from Don and myself

Posted by Deanna Yokielz - Wells   February 24, 2020