Marvin S. Athey

Wednesday, January 14, 2004

IMPERIAL -- Marvin Scott Athey, 82, died Tuesday (Jan. 6, 2004) at the Imperial Manor Nursing Home in Imperial.

He was born July 3, 1921, in Wauneta to Harvey E. and Mina A. (Theobald) Athey. He grew up in Wauneta, helping his father run the flour mill and ice plant. They also did surveying. He graduated from Wauneta High School in 1939. He attended the University of Nebraska, where he earned a degree in business administration. He played quarterback for the Huskers from 1939-1941.

During World War II he trained as a navigator/bombardier on B-17s. He flew 17 missions over Germany in the 95th Squadron of the 8th Army Air Force station in Ipswitch, England. He was discharged in October of 1945 and he returned to Wauneta.

On June 2, 1946, he married Vesta Theobald at the United Methodist Church in Wauneta. He continued to work for his father until 1955. The couple then moved to Imperial where he was the city engineer and was the Chase County surveyor. He retired in 1988 from the city, but continued surveying until 2003, when his health forced him to retire.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter; brother, Verl; sisters, Merna, Eunice and Vetura; and infant brother, George.

Survivors include his wife, Vesta of Imperial; sons, Marvin Athey of Imperial, Tim Athey and wife, Pat of Fort Collins, Colo., and Patrick Athey and wife, Wendy of Anchorage, Alaska; daughters, Nikola Stroh of San Antonio, Texas and Beth Larson and husband, Larry of Imperial; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Friday at the First United Methodist Church in Imperial.

A private inurnment was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial before the Friday services.

A memorial has been established in his name to the First United Methodist Church of Imperial or the Imperial Public Library.

Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.