Marvin Dale Sanford, 93, of North Platte passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018.

Marvin Sanford

Marvin, son of Franklin Clarence and Josephine Fern (Sadle) Sanford, was born Sept. 17, 1924 in North Platte. He graduated from North Platte High School with the class of ‘42.

At 18, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy. He served in World War II as a radar man in the South Pacific for three years until his honorable discharge in 1946.

On Aug. 24, 1947, Marvin was married to Mintra Jeanette Herstedt at Grace Lutheran Church in Washington D.C.

Marvin worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 34 years and was a proud union man. He served as secretary/treasurer of his local clerks union. In 1974 he traveled to Washington D.C. with 5,000 other union members to lobby Congress for Social Security benefits for railroaders. This resulted in Congress enacting the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 which provided for the Tier I benefit that railroaders still receive today.

Marvin is survived by his children, Sherri (Mike) Housmann of Sidney, Stephen (Tammie) Sanford of North Platte, and Marianne Barrett of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Lucille Fairchild of Hamel, Minn.; sister-in-law, Betty Sanford of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mintra; daughter, Kate Becker; and brothers, Lee, Don, and Robert.

Memorial graveside services with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.