Marvin O. Countryman, 81, of rural Orion, died Monday, February 6, 2012, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 10th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Rev. Steve Kettelkamp will officiate. Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Marvin Countryman Memorial Fund.
Marvin was born April 18, 1930 in Hooppole, IL, the son of Clayton and Velma Ott Countryman. He attended Hooppole area schools and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1948. His marriage to Juanita Mae Ohrn took place on February 28, 1950 in Hooppole. She passed away December 9, 2009. Marvin was employed at the International Harvester Farmall Plant in Rock Island from 1950 until retiring in 1984. He also farmed and raised cattle on the family farm near Orion. He then began breeding and training horses for harness racing. This was a passion he enjoyed for the rest of his life, and his horses competed at racetrack in East Moline and later in Chicago.
Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Cecil Porter, Macomb, IL, a son and daughter-in-law, Troy and Debbie Countryman, Seaton, IL; six grandchildren, Cecil Porter III, Kelli Widger, Kristyn Kempher, Marissa Countryman, Arlan Countryman, and Shane Countryman. Other survivors include four great grandchildren, Ethan and Alyssa Mae Kempher, Luke and Nicholas Widger, a brother, John Countryman, Hooppole, sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Vernon Trucano, Ottumwa, IA, and Barbara and Don Nunally, Omaha, NE. His parents, his wife, and a brother, Bill, preceded him in death.