Marvin Dale Reams

January 15, 1934January 11, 2020
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Marvin Dale Reams, 85, died on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at UnityPoint Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Marvin was born on January 15, 1934, in New Virginia to Melvin and Mildred (Shutt) Reams. Marvin had a passion for airplanes and was himself a pilot. His hobbies included camping, tennis, and being very involved in the activities of his children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dennis Reams, daughter Susan in 2009, and wife Mickie in 2012.

Surviving Marvin are his sons, Steve of Des Moines and Dan of Manhattan Beach, CA, granddaughter Elizabeth Reams, brothers Curtis (Diane) of Lake of the Ozarks and Darrell (Gloria) of West Des Moines.

Memorial services will be 11 am Friday, January 17 at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Thursday evening at McLaren’s. Burial of the cremated remains will be at Resthaven Cemetery with military honors.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2020


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John Evans

January 17, 2020

Tho I never had the good fortune to meet Marvin, I have become dear friends with his son, Dan., over the decades. The relationship has been deep and meaningful, and I cherish the stories Dan recalled of his Dad. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. God Bless the whole family during this time of grief.

Ellen Celsi (Croat)

January 15, 2020

Frank and I got to know Marv quite well while he was a resident of The 3801 Grand Suites in Des Moines, Iowa. We were all in the independent wing of the facility and Marv would attend meals and other events with us. He especially liked the Friday Happy Hour where we enjoyed the music of a noted pianist with wine and cheese.
I now know that Hershell Shutt, father of Gail and Jerry Shutt from St. Mary's was a sister to Marv's mother. The Shutt family has been in St. Marys for many decades now and a great family.
We are sorry about his passing and send our sincere condolences to the family. Frank and Ellen Celsi