BENKELMAN -- Marvin Earl Hollenbaugh, 74, died Friday (April 16, 2004) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman.
He was born Oct. 18, 1929, to Lewis and Florence Aileen (Ferguson) Hollenbaugh Yount in Julesburg, Colo. He moved several times with his family before settling in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., in 1945. He attended school in Cheyenne Wells and was the salutatorian of his graduating class. In 1951, he was drafted in to the Army and was sent to Korea and Japan before returning to the United States where he was stationed at Camp Irwin (Fort Irwin), Calif., in a tank battalion.
In 1955, his battalion was sent overland to Salt Flatts, Nev., where they were the first to be one mile from an atomic bomb that was dropped from a tower. In 1956, he transferred to Fort Hood, Texas. He was gyro scoped to Germany in 1957.
On Oct. 14, 1956, he married Sally Ann Hudson. He was sent to Kentucky for a short time before returning to Texas. The battalion was sent to Germany. The battalion spent most of their time on the Czechoslovakian border.
In 1960, his tour of duty was up and he moved to Monterey, Calif., where he entered the Army Language School to learn Russian. He received his warrant officer status while in Monterey and was accepted into the intelligence division.
In 1961, he was sent to Sinop, Turkey for one year. When he returned, the family moved to Fort Meade, Md., where he was a member of the National Security Agency until they were sent to Germany (Frankfurt) again, where they lived for four years.
The family returned to Fort Meade. He received his honorable discharge and retired in 1971.
In 1972, his family moved to Benkelman and he used his GI Bill to become a veterinarian technician and worked for Twin Forks Clinic for 16 y ears.
He was a member of the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Cecil Yount; and two brothers, Richard and Dean.
Survivors include his wife, Sally A. (Hudson) Hollenbaugh of Benkelman; two daughters, Adrea Fye and husband, Ted of Stratton, Colo., and Stacey Crow of Stuart, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Services with military honors are Tuesday, 10 a.m. (MST), at the United Methodist Church in Benkelman with the Rev. Cindi Prather officiating.
A private inurnment will be Tuesday, 4 p.m., in Cheyenne Wells, Colo.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Forch Funeral Chapel of Benkelman is in charge of the arrangements.