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Marvin Lee Sobotka was born to Otto and Albena (Jezek) on February 17, 1924 in Benton, Iowa. He graduated from Benton High School in 1941. After graduating he went into the United States Air Force and served until the end of the war in 1945. During this time, he served with the 98th Bomb Group and flew 50 combat missions in a B-24 bomber in the war in Europe. His group flew the most missions of any bomb group in the war.
Marvin was united in marriage to Margaret Lucille (Yashack) on August 16, 1947. They lived on a farm south of Diagonal where they raised hogs and chickens. On October of 1964 they were joined by a baby boy, Rex David Sobotka. With time permitting they travelled the United States from border to border and coast to coast. The couple was married for 58 years before Margaret's death in 2006. Marvin and Rex continued to live on the farm until Marvin's death on October 13, 2018.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife Margaret; brothers Bob Sobotka and Carol Sobotka and sister Dorothy Sobotka.
He is survived by his son Rex Sobotka of Diagonal; sister-in-law Arlene Sobotka of Diagonal and extended family.
Graveside with Military Honors: Private at a later date
Rex, so sorry to hear of your dads passing. He was very proud éf his service during WWll, just as you and l are of our service. My prayes are with you. May God guide you each day.
Jon foley Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM
We look forward to seeing Marvin alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29
Jim & Donna Adams Oct 19 2018 12:00 AM
Our family is saddened to hear of the passing of Marvin. He was a true friend to all of us. He shared his stories of the war with my grand kids who listened intently. He often stopped by the farm to share his wisdom and advise with Big Jim. He seemed to know exactly when we were broke down and would dive right in to help out. He was in fact a very smart and caring man. He will be missed by this family.
Sharon Routh Oct 18 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of Marvin's passing. I enjoyed his visits to the station and of course on our tractor rides:) -mm
Melinda Mackey Oct 16 2018 12:00 AM
Marvin was my friend. When I needed help with a problem Marvin was always there to help me. He truly cared and would dig in and look for answers for me, not like others. I remember once a bunch of us were visiting and it was my 24th birthday. Marvin laughed and said he was twice as old as me as he was 48. And when I worked in the cafe we had a special large bowl for his salads with Blue Cheese dressing. He loved tossed salads. I will never forget Marvin.
Dorothy Garrett Smith Oct 14 2018 12:00 AM