Marvin Nelson Dunkle Jr.

September 19, 1933December 30, 2020

Marvin Nelson Dunkle, Jr., age 87 of Loveland, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Centre Health and Rehab in Fort Collins, with his daughter and son by his side.

Marvin was born in Veteran, Wy., on September 19, 1933, and was the fourth child of Marvin N. and Dorothy L. Dunkle. In 1936 the family moved to Mitchel, Neb., and in 1938 they moved to the Northwest area of Missouri. He attended one room country schools for the first seven years of his education, graduating from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Missouri in 1952.

In December of 1953 Marvin was drafted into the U S Army where he served for two years. After his military service, Marvin began his college education in September of 1956 at Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri, later graduating with a degree in education and business in 1960.

Marvin married the love of his life, Rita Faye Hayes, who was an employed registered nurse at the Fairfax Community Hospital, in January of 1957.

The family, which now consisted of two children, David, and Rhonda, moved to Loveland, Co. in June of 1960. Marvin worked for the Loveland City Engineer for two years, before moving to Mapleton, Ia. for a teaching position, where they resided for one year. Upon their return to Loveland, Colorado, Marvin worked for the Great Western Railroad for three years. In June of 1966, Marvin went to work for Colorado State University, where he stayed for twenty-seven years, retiring in September of 1993. Marvin loved his job there, helping students navigate the hurdles in financial aid. From 1977 to 1985 he taught workshops for the U. S. Department of Education while still employed at C.S.U.

Upon Marvin’s retirement in 1993, he and Rita thoroughly enjoyed retirement, traveling some, and spending a good portion of their time together in “The Hills”, playing video poker in Blackhawk and Central City.

His wife Rita, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were the love of his life. Marvin enjoyed supporting his children and grandchildren through the years, attending dance recitals, recreation, club and high school sporting events.

Marvin is survived by his children David J. and wife Janna, Rhonda Gorham and husband David, all of Loveland; five grandchildren, Brittanny Wiens (Tyson) of Erie, Courtney Costa (Aaron) of Berthoud, Justin Gorham, Brooklyn Dunkle, and Braden Dunkle all of Loveland; four great-grandchildren, Brielle, Tessa, Jayce, and Parker; one sister, Ruth Oliver.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Nelson and Dorothy Lynn Dunkle, his wife Rita, and siblings Eula White, Alice Thomas, Eva Clark, and William Boyd Dunkle.

Cremation has been completed. Private Family Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions can be made to Pathways Hospice or St. Jude Hospital in Care of Resthaven Funeral Home, 8426 S Hwy 287, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525.


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Cindy Hejl

January 13, 2021

I started working at Metro State in January 1988 as a financial aid counselor. I remember going to CAFAA conferences and trainings and always have fond memories of Marv. He was always a source of financial aid information and was so friendly and generous with his time for questions. I miss his smile and how he took the younger FA generation under his wing to help progress them in their careers. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I know that many in CAFAA remember him fondly.

Eileen Griego

January 10, 2021

Always loved when Marv would stop by the Office of Financial Aid at CSU for a visit. Loved hearing his stories of when he was in the profession. I still remember his laugh - it would light up a room. He was such a genuine good-hearted kind man. He will surely be missed.


Tracy Hogue

January 1, 2021

Growing up in Loveland, Marv and Rita were always two people that took a few minutes to stop and ask you how you were doing, while also being so supportive of Dave and Rhonda's friends and teammates. You could always count on a positive word of support and encouragement. Always a bright spot at any event. I know both of you will miss your father, but rest assured he is rejoicing with the love of his life pain and worry free. God Bless you all.