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Marvin H. Gebhardt

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Marvin H. Gebhardt, long time resident of Grand Forks city and county, died early on June 20 at Eventide Hi-Acres Manor in Jamestown, ND, of complications from Alzheimers disease. Marvin was born on November 12, 1922, on a farm west of Larimore, the oldest son of Frederick and Mildred (McCrae) Gebhardt. He attended public schools in Larimore, graduating as co-salutatorian of his high school class in 1940. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at North Dakota Agricultural College, Fargo, in 1944, he was inducted into the U.S. Navy. Following recruit training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center and advanced electronics instruction at Oklahoma State University and the Naval Laboratory in Washington, D.C., he served as a radio and radar repairman on the medium cruiser USS Nashville in the Pacific Ocean Theater.

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After discharge from the Navy in early 1946 and brief employment as a construction surveyor, in 1947 Mr. Gebhardt was hired as a systems and planning engineer by Minnkota Power Cooperative in Grand Forks, where he rose to the position of chief engineer in 1961 and intersystems relations coordinator in 1983. Five years after his 1988 retirement, in 1993 the Siemens Westinghouse Corporation bestowed on him the prestigious Nikola Tesla Award for his significant contribution to the electrification of rural North Dakota and Minnesota.

Marvin was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene and served in many capacities in local congregations in Grand Forks and Larimore and as well at the North Dakota district level. He was also an active member of Gideons International. During his early retirement he went on work and mission trips to South Africa, Kenya, Portugal, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Australia, Alaska, and Native American reservation schools in New Mexico and South Dakota. His other interests included old cars, steam engines, motorcycles, and photography.

Marvin married Ellen Coulter of New Rockford and Fargo in June 1945, just before he shipped out to his overseas Navy assignment. Marvin was preceded in death by his sons David (1988) and John (2012) and wife Ellen (2013). He is survived by his brother Darrell and wife Delores in Albuquerque, NM; son James and his wife Debbie in Kansas; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. No services are planned at this time, due to the serious illness of James. When circumstances permit, a memorial service will be conducted in Jamestown, followed by interment at Belvue Cemetery in Larimore, ND.

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