On January 20, 2018, Marvin "Bud" Kammerman, 88, of Milan, Illinois, joined his wife Edith and family in Heaven. He died at Crosstown Square, Silvis, Illinois where he had lived for the past two months.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018, in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline, with visitation one hour before the service. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family at a luncheon at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, and private burial will be in Chapel Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Milan, or Spring Lake Presbyterian Church, Sebring, Florida.
Marvin was born to Fred and Agnes (Gobot) Kammerman in Rural Township, Rock Island County, on January 25, 1929. He attended Kingdom Grade School in Rural Township and graduated from Coal Valley High School in 1946. His first jobs were mowing Clyde Bowman's lawn and water boy on Uncle Byford's thrashing crew. As a boy he also worked for Charles Deere Wiman, President of Deere & Co., at his home Overlook doing yard work. From 1952 to 1954, he served his country as a Seabee in the US Navy during the Korean War. Marvin worked for a time at Deere & Co. and for the City of Moline's Engineering Dept. He worked for Missman, Stanley, Farmer & Associates for 38 years, retiring as vice president in 1988.
Marvin married Edith Ruthea Love on March 18, 1950, at Beulah Presbyterian church. She died September 15, 2008, after 58 years of marriage. Edith and Bud raised four sons in the house by the side of the road in Bowling Township, Mark, Tom, Scott and Michael. Their first-born Charles Fredrick and another baby died at birth. Marvin became a licensed professional land surveyor in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri & Wisconsin. He served a number of years on the ethics & practice Committee of the Illinois Registered Land Surveyors Association of Illinois, and received the association's life membership award in 1990. After Marvin retired, he and Edith bought a townhome in Sebring, Florida, and did the thing they liked to do together: play the game of golf. She had three holes-in-one and Bud had four holes-in-one. Bud also fished in Lake Jackson and many lakes in the area with his friend Bob Frank. In his years there, Bud caught over 2000 Large Mouth Bass. Marvin continued to spend the winter in Florida until his death. Edith and Bud will always cherish the Sunday morning worship services at Spring Lake Presbyterian Church where music and special numbers were done by talented people. Bud also cherished his four Club Championships at Spring Lake Golf & Country Club, and the men he met there. Then at age 77, Bud won first flight at Spring Lake Golf Course in a two-day tournament, scoring a hole-in-one in competition, a golfer's dream. Bud was a competitive golfer to the end, qualifying for and playing in the Humana National Senior Golf Tournament in Birmingham, Alabama, this past June. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting in Iowa with his sons and friends.
Marvin belonged to Beulah Presbyterian Church for 52 years, and he served as a Trustee and Elder and worked on many of the building projects of the church. The paving of the Church parking lot was one of his most prized projects. He sang in the Choir and was selected to attend and represent the Great Rivers Presbytery in Denver at General Assembly in 1972. He was very disappointed in the hierarchy of the denomination's stand on the homosexual issue and same sex marriage. God forgive us for what we have done.
Marvin has a Doctors Degree in "common sense" from Coal Valley High. Marvin's favorite talk show host was Rush Limbaugh whom he listened to since 1988. Marvin appreciated the help he had from Edith and their sons on the many work days at Beulah Presbyterian Church. We trust their work there was not in vain. He took great pride in his sons' participation in Sherrard Little League, High School sports in football and wrestling. A great American and Christian. he was deeply concerned about the future of the United States of America, the Democratic Party and their Liberal agenda. He loved God, Family & Country
He is survived by three sons, Tom Kammerman and his wife Roxanne, Scott Kammerman and his partner Faith Rentfro, and Michael Kammerman, all of Milan; three grandchildren, Casey Kammerman and his wife Heather, Charles Kammerman, and Samantha Kammerman; two great-grandchildren, Porcha and Olivia Kammerman; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois and Keith Johnson of Coal Valley, Eleanor Garrison of Dallas, and Loretta and Rod Lindquist of Moline. He was preceded in death by his wife Edith, son Charles Frederick, baby Kammerman, son Mark Allen, his parents Fred and Agnes; sister Mary Gould; and brother-in-law, Dorrell Garrison.
Bud's family extends thanks to the staff at Crosstown Square for their loving care, and invites friends to share stories and condolences at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.