Funeral Services for Marvin E Sterner, age 88

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Marvin E Sterner age 88 of Merna, NE passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Callaway Good Life Center in Callaway, NE.

Due to Coronavirus a private burial will be held, and a Celebration of life will be at a later date.

A private family service will be held Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Merna Cemetery with Pastor Bill Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Merna Cemetery west of Merna, NE. A viewing will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2020 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, March 23, 2020 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow, NE. Memorials may be made to Anselmo Merna Scholarship Fund Foundation, American Legion Post #50 of Merna, or Merna United Methodist Church. An online register book can be signed for words of encouragement or remembrance at www.govierbrothers.comGovier Brothers Mortuary/Arnold Funeral Home/Mullen Funeral Home will comply with the CDC and the State of Nebraska. We sincerely encourage each person to make your decision whether to attend a service, viewing or visitation based on the best interest of your health and that of your community. 

Marvin Edward Sterner was born May 28, 1931 to Arthur and Jennie (Halliwill) Sterner. He attended and graduated from Merna High School. He then went to Kearney State College. On January 26, 1951 Marvin enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and honorably discharged June 7, 1952. Marvin played football at Kearney State College and the U.S. Marine Corps. Marvin served in the Korean War.  He met Esther Murray through his sister, Shirley Jorgensen. They got married on April 4, 1953 at the Christian Church in Broken Bow. Marvin and Esther had three sons, Edward, Clifford, and David. Marvin worked with his dad farming and ranching around the Merna area where he resided until 2016 when they moved into Off Broadway in Broken Bow.

Marvin was involved in the American Legion Post #126 and Custer County Supervisor for several years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Merna. Marvin and Esther enjoyed attending Anselmo-Merna School activities, working on the farm, and watching grandkids and great grandkids grow up.

He’s preceded in death by wife Esther Sterner, son David Sterner, his parents and in laws, two sisters Eunice Price and Virginia Peterson, brothers-in-law Cecil Price, Steve Jorgenson, Edward Murray, and Louie Murray.

Marvin is survived by two sons Ed Sterner of North Platte, Clifford (Jeri) Sterner of Merna, three grandchildren Tim (Jen) Sterner of North Platte, Terry (Colleen) Sterner of Merna, and Travis (Wynne) Sterner of Merna, seven great-grandchildren, Jacob, Dalton, Jace, Sienna, Judd, Maggie, and Devin, two sisters Ardis (Arlis) Martin of Walla Walla, WA, Shirley Jorgenson of North Loup, brother-in-law Larry Peterson of Holdrege, sisters-in-law Donna Murray of Valley Forge, PA, and Helen Murray of Holyoke, CO, 19 nieces and nephews, and numerous other family, and friends.

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