Marvin was born to Joseph D. and Angeline Book Havelka on November 11, 1937, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He married Mary Lynn Kellum on November 11, 1959, in Taft, Texas. Marvin graduated from Taft High School in 1956, and soon after joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas and played solo baritone for 142nd Armored Division Band. In 1961, he was recalled during the Berlin Crisis. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, St. Peregrine Society of St. Joseph Church, and Knights of Columbus Council #1653. He retired from Reynolds Metal Company in 1995, after 37 years and moved to Blanconia, Texas where he raised longhorn cattle and was an active member of Texas Longhorn Breeders Association.
He is survived by his wife of more than 51 years, Mary Lynn Havelka of Blanconia, Texas; daughter, Nova Lynn and Dr. Richard Montgomery of Huntsville, Texas; son, Miles E. Havelka and Shiela Scioneaux of San Antonio, Texas; two grandchildren, Brittany Nikole Montgomery of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Colton Barnett Havelka of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Angeline Floerke of Taft, Texas; brother, A.J. Havelka of Taft, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Angeline Havelka; and three brothers, Joe H. Havelka, Louis V. Havelka and Herman Havelka.
Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, August 29, 2011, at Galloway & Sons Chapel with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. that evening. Funeral mass was celebrated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Patrick Donohoe and Rev. Richard Gonzales officiating. Interment followed at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Don Paterson, Jim Wither, Joe Adams Jr., Clark Havis, Harry Sanchez, Paul Matula, Ralph Olivares and Mike Muñoz. Honorary pallbearers were members of St. Peregrine Society of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council #1653.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Indian School, Chamberlain, S.D., 57326, Orphanage in Guadalajara, Mexico c/o St. Joseph Catholic Church, or American Cancer Society.
Family would like to express gratitude to staff of Woodridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center for their gentle care, understanding and love and to Exclusive Hospice Care.
Galloway & Sons Funeral Home