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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Marvin Girard

Marvin A. "Marv" Girard

Sunday, December 16th, 1951 - Wednesday, June 5th, 2019
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Marvin A. Girard, son of Francis & Evelyn (Lambert) Girard, was born December 16, 1951 in Vermillion, SD and passed away at his home on June 5th, 2019 at the age of 67.
Marvin grew up in Westreville, SD where his parents ran a country store for several years. He attended Westreville Country School until the 8th grade and then finished his high school days in Wakonda; graduating in 1970. Marvin always stated that he had been working since the 8th grade when he joined the shelling crew for a local farmer and then a few years later started a crew with his brothers, Leonard & Roger. After high school he enlisted in the Army National Guard for several years doing his basic training in San Antonio, TX. When he came home from the Army, he turned his efforts back to the family and went into full-time farming with his brothers in the Wakonda/Vermillion area. On May 24th, 1975; Marvin married the love of his life; Patricia Kizer of Wakonda. The couple bought a farm just a few miles from where he grew up and from this unity came three children; Carmen, Kenneth & Michael.
Marvin was well known throughout not only the Wakonda area, but the entire MidWest. He started his auction career in 1970 after attending Reisch Auction School in Mason City, IA. He was given his start by working with several local area auctioneers, but eventually going into a full-time partnership with Les Goeman of Lennox, SD and later on Jeff Goeman. Marvin operated Girard Auction & Machinery Sales with his wife Pat by his side for over 30 years. In 1987 he retired from farming and went full time in the auction business. The family eventually turned the company into Girard Auction & Land Brokers, Inc. when he was joined in business by his two sons, Ken & Mike. Marvin loved the auction profession and made it his life’s work for 49 years. He was very proud of the fact that he had conducted over 7,000 auctions in his lifetime. In 2011, he was inducted into the South Dakota Auctioneers Hall of Fame
Marvin was an avid fisherman and loved the outdoors. He spent several weeks of his life on the waters in Northern Minnesota with most of the Girard Family, year after year. Marv & Pat also enjoyed spending nights at their year-round cabin on the Missouri River near Springfield, SD. Marvin’s other passion was spending time watching all his kids grow up watching countless basketball, football, baseball & softball games throughout the years; traveling all over the country watching Carmen throughout her career. In more recent years, Marv & Pat spent as much time as they could with any of their 9 grandchildren watching sporting events, fishing or having snacks in his office at the end of the day.
Marvin is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Girard of Wakonda; three children: Carmen (Scott) Giles of Brandon, SD and their children Brady, Easton & Paisley; Kenneth (Sarah Vaith) Girard of Wakonda, SD and their children Ben, Natalie & Brooke; Michael (Kasandra Dillon) Girard of Irene, SD and their children Micah, Walker & Grace; one Brother, Leonard (Pat) Girard of Vermillion and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and countless friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; brother Roger Girard & brother Dennis Girard & an infant granddaughter Peyton.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, June 9th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    Rosary and scripture services will begin at 7:00pm.
  • Service

    Monday, June 10th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 10th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    Fr. David Roehrich
  • Interment

    Union Cemetery
  • Reception

    Wakonda Legion Hall
    Montana Street & 1St Street
    WAKONDA, SD 57073
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Jane Thompson

Posted at 08:29am
We were deeply saddened to hear of Marv's passing. He has been great to work with. He is a blessing not only to your family, but to so many others near and far. We will keep Marv and your family in our prayers. God bless you with comfort and peace. With sympathy, Paul and Jane Thompson, Toledo, Ohio.

Jack & Pat Bruns

Posted at 09:13pm

Pat and family. Please accept our deepest sympathy on your loss. While attending our first auction several years ago, Marv insisted that we stop packing and have birthday cake. It is something we have never forgotten. We will miss seeing him.

Robert Johnson

Posted at 01:34am
Pat and family. Please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of Marv. He was always warm and friendly, and made attending a Girard auction a pleasurable experience. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Charlie and Nancy Larsen

Posted at 11:21pm
Pat and family, we are so sorry for your loss you are all in our prayers

Rick Fredrickson

Posted at 12:10am
Pat - our deepest condolences to you all the Girard family. Dad and I have so enjoyed all of the time we've spent at auctions, shows and swap meets with your family - it has never been just about the event, but the people you meet along the way, and Marv was one of the best. He would always take time to chat or share a story, and he spoke with such pride about his family, especially his grandkids. He will be greatly missed. Rick and Bob Fredrickson

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