Marvin Roelfs

Marvin Roelfs

RANTOUL — Marvin R. Roelfs, 87, of Rantoul, formerly of Royal, passed away peacefully at home at 5:03 a.m. Wednesday (March 13, 2019).

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville, with the Rev. James T. Lehmann officiating. Burial will follow in Kopmann Cemetery. Visitation will be three hours before the service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. Baier Family Funeral Services, Flatville, is handling services.

Marvin was born April 28, 1931, in Compromise Township, Champaign County, the son of Harm and Rena Bunting Roelfs. He married Irine A. Schlueter on Aug. 21, 1955, at St. John Lutheran Church, Royal. She survives.

Along with his wife, Irine, he is survived by two sons, Gregory L. (Cathy) Roelfs of Rantoul and Michael L. Roelfs of Champaign; two daughters, Suz A. Smith of Peoria and Heidi U. (William) Ostrowski of Kankakee; five grandchildren, Katie (Mike) Kenig, Rebecca (Drew) Knutson, Nicole (Tyler Renshaw) Smith, Jennifer Ostrowski and Elizabeth (Andrew) Lesch; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman (Lois) Roelfs of Mediapolis, Iowa; brother-in-law, Charles Hooper; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Norris and Cheryl “Bunny” Schlueter; and a sister-in-law, Aleta Schlueter.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Bernice Hinrichs, Arlene Hooper and Shirley Pritchard; brother, Lewis Roelfs; infant son, Mitchell L. Roelfs; and son-in-law, Gregory Smith.

Marvin graduated from Rantoul Township High School and went on to receive his bookkeeping/accounting degree from Champaign Commercial College. He was the bookkeeper/estimator at Tile Specialist, Inc., Champaign, for 55 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. Before moving to Rantoul in 2014, he and his family lived in Royal.

He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville, and the Bible study group. He served on the Village of Royal Board for 20 years. Marvin enjoyed playing golf, watching all Illini sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also liked to mow his yard and always looked forward to playing cards with his family and friends.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at

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