Marvel Mauskemo, 75, of Tama, passed away Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Carrington Place of Toledo under the care of Iowa River Hospice. Graveside Services will be held Friday, November 22, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Maple Hill Cemetery in Montour. A public visitation will be held Thursday, November 21, 2013 from 12 PM to 1 PM at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama and then proceeding to the Bear Clan Ceremonial Building on the Meskwaki Settlement for a Traditional Wake that evening.
Marvel Mauskemo was born July 20, 1938 in Tama, Iowa, Meskwaki Indian Settlement, "right by the water pump with an old hound dog watching" as he would tell it. Born the 10th of 11 children, he was gifted with athletic talent, good brains, a sense of adventure, and determination. After serving his Tama High School as a star athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, he went on to serve the country as an army paratrooper in the 101st Airborne division, Screaming Eagles. His next step brought him to the University of Iowa, and then on to a job at a phone company where he met the extremely loyal love of his life, Patricia June Diehm. They soon decided to get married and raise a family so Marv looked north to join Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN to become part of the foundation of their data processing department. He diligently worked there for nearly 30 years as a computer programmer before retiring back to the Meskwaki Settlement for his favorite country lifestyle. He was very interested in doing the best in his professional life, but his true passion was his children and grandchildren, although mowing his lawn runs a very close second. He lived for the days when he could go to the casino with his lucky charm (aka wife) "Momma Cat" at his side to play the slots. The pair would often be found on scenic drives listening to their favorite music and going to concerts. Still an avid sports fan, but no longer able to play himself, he took every chance to watch his grand kids' games when possible. Local celebrities "Pat and Marv" were a staple at every sports game, theater show, and music recital their kids had while growing up in order to love and support, and also for "Marvelous Marv" to offer his two cents about how to do it the next time. ;) In his later years he suffered an abundance of medical challenges but he never let it get him down, always offering up a joke and a laugh about his newest circumstance. But, he was a man who was used to being "on the go", and he finally decided it was now time to go. Team Marvel's role call includes: daughters, Robin (Chet) Dickey, Melinda Mauskemo, and Christine Mauskemo; sons Michael Mauskemo, and Bruce (Jessi) Mauskemo; Brother Ernie (Sharon) Mauskemo; grandkids, Damien, Brandon, Greyson and Emmalynn Mauskemo, Kiana and Cole Mauskemo, and Dylan and Sydney Dickey; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, brothers Clement, Alexander, Harry Jr., and an infant brother, Lester; sisters Lula, Dorothy, Lillian, Jane, and Mamie; his wife, Patricia; and granddaughter Caitlin Noel.