Marvin Unruh


Marvin Unruh, 91, of Quinter, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Gove County Medical Center, Long Term Care, in Quinter.

Marvin Unruh, 91, of Quinter, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Gove County Medical Center, Long Term Care, in Quinter.

He was born June 7, 1921, in rural Copeland, to Lincoln L. and Elda (Unruh) Unruh. He graduated from Copeland High School.

On Oct. 19, 1947, he married Juanita "Skeeter" Basinger in Utica. She died March 11, 2007. He also was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ezra and Gary; and a sister, Elsie Koehn.

In 1951, Mr. Unruh went to work with his father-in-law, Dorsey Basinger, selling cars. He and his brother-in-law, Lyle Schwindt, bought the family business in 1957. In 1967, he bought the Chevrolet dealership in Quinter, where he became the owner/dealer/operator for Unruh Chevrolet-Buick Inc. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include a son, David E. Unruh of Salina; a daughter, Lisa Ann Thelen of Hugo, Colo.; six brothers, Leslie and Arnold Unruh, both of Copeland, Orlan Unruh of Dodge City, Norman Unruh of Brooksville, Miss., Charles Unruh of Ulysses, and Delbert Unruh of Scio, Ore.; seven sisters, Irene Koehn and Lorene Nichols, both of Montezuma, Celesta Koehn and Geneva Nightengale, both of Brooksville, Nora Friesen of Aberdeen, Miss., and Ladean Nightengale and Berniece Koehn, both of Copeland; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Church of the Brethren in Quinter. Burial will be at Baker Township Cemetery, Quinter.¬ 

Visitation hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Schmitt Funeral Home in Quinter. Words of sympathy and support may be sent to the family at Memorials are suggested to Quinter Senior Center or Church of the Brethren, both in care of the funeral home, 901 S. Main, Quinter, KS 67752.


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