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Obituary for Marvin "Gooter" Uhl
Marvin G. "Gooter" Uhl Danbury, Iowa - Marvin G. "Gooter" Uhl, 70, of Danbury, Iowa passed away Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The funeral Mass will be Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury, Iowa with Rev. Dan Greving officiating. Burial will be in the Danbury Catholic Cemetery with military graveside honors provided by the American Legion Carlson-Frum Post #336 of Danbury. Visitation will be at the church Tuesday, August 20 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a Vigil Wake Service at 7:00 p.m. Armstrong Funeral Home of Danbury and Mapleton is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be directed to the family at www.armstrongfuneral.com. Marvin Gilbert "Gooter" Uhl was born November 13, 1942, at Mapleton, Iowa , the son of Gilbert and Ruby (Boettger) Uhl. He grew up in the Danbury area and was a member of the Danbury Catholic High School class of 1961. Marvin was united in marriage to Norma Stoll on January 22, 1966, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. They had a son, Troy and a daughter, Tonya. Prior to his wedding, Gooter joined the Army National Guard, 133rd Infantry and was called to active duty but for family reasons could not serve. Gooter first farmed with his dad and then on his own. He continued to farm until his sale in 1982. He then worked as the City Manager for Danbury for a number of years. After that he began his career in trucking, first working for Frank Welte Trucking and then for Rodney Kramer at Kramer Trucking in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Eventually he decided to buy his own truck and started Uhl Trucking which he continued own and operate until the time of his recent illness. Over the years, he also worked part time at Brenner Vault Company and Danbury Fertilizer. Gooter let it be known that he really enjoyed being a trucker for multiple reasons including that it allowed him to arrange his days so he could attend his kid's school and sports activities. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Danbury. Long after leaving the farm, Gooter still liked going there and especially working with his cows. Last Christmas, he and Norma gave their grandson, Ethan, a cow for his Christmas present, a gift Ethan loved to go see with his grandpa and family. Time spent with his grandson always brought Gooter happiness. He was also a true fan of Tonya's pet dog, a Doberman named "Trace". In 2007, Gooter sought out and bought back his first tractor, a 4010 John Deere, that he had sold on his farm sale in 1982. He has now restored it to its original glory. Every Sunday, Gooter could be found watching the NASCAR race on TV and was a true fan of the Vikings, Twins, Cubs, and Iowa Hawkeyes. As was known in his youth, Gooter loved to drive a fast car and developed a lifelong interest in drag racing. Those family members surviving Gooter are Norma, his wife of 47 years; his son, Troy "Dude" Uhl of Danbury, Iowa; his daughter, Tonya Uhl and Kevin Rayevich of Mapleton, Iowa; his grandson, Ethan Jackson (Uhl) Rook; his mother, Ruby Uhl of Mapleton, Iowa; two sisters, Darlene Limoges and her husband, Dale of Granger, Iowa and Charlene Grell and her husband, Arnold "Butch" of Moville, Iowa; two brothers and their wives, Ronald and Kay Uhl of Mapleton, Iowa and Roger and Benita Uhl also of Mapleton, Iowa; a brother-in-law and his wife, John and Lana Stoll of Mapleton, Iowa and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Schrader of Ida Grove, Iowa; as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family members He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Uhl; and a brother-in-law, Billy Schrader.