Marvin George Verstuyft
Marvin George Verstuyft, 74, died on June 11, 2014, at his family farm in Knippa. Visitation will be held tomorrow at 5 p.m. with the recitation of a rosary at 7 p.m. at the Rushing-Estes- Knowles Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was born on March 24, 1940, in San Antonio to Irma Van Ovendenborger Verstuyft and George G. Verstuyft. Verstuyft grew up in San Antonio farming alongside his parents and brother. He started his education at St. John Berchmans Catholic School and completed high school at South San I.S.D. He was a founding member of the Belgium American Club of Texas.
He married his high school sweetheart, Merlynn Broom; they were married 52 years. In 1983, he moved his family to Knippa to expand his farming operation. In Knippa he developed his homestead and lifelong relationships. According to the family, Verstuyft was a hard worker who enjoyed hunting, fishing and farming the right way. Many mornings he started his day by visiting the local Knippa Co-op and then it was off to the recycling center. The family said he was multi-talented in many trades and enjoyed refurbishing, creating and repairing his many projects. He is survived by his wife, resident of Knippa; one son, Jeffery Verstuyft of Knippa; three daughters, Jeanette Verstuyft, Colleen Richter and husband, Duane, and Amy Bellanger and husband, Jarod, all of San Antonio; one grandchild, Meghan Howard of San Antonio; one brother, Roger Verstuyft and wife, Patsy; and one sister, Sharon Eisenhauer and husband, Kenneth. He was preceded in death by his parents. Pallbearers will be Duane Richter, Jarod Bellanger, Wayne Verstuyft, Kenneth Eisenhauer, Eugene Verstuyft and Raymond Wauters. The family requests memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Houston St., Knippa, TX 78870; Building Fund C/O St. Patrick Catholic Church, P.O. 117, Sabinal, TX 78880; or Knippa ISD FFA Agricultural Dept., 100 Kessler Lane, Knippa, TX 78870.
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