Marvin Grabau

Marvin J. Grabau, age 77, of Hudson, WI, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN following an apparent heart attack. Marvin was born October 27, 1943 in Bismarck, ND to parents Fredrick and Lydia Grabau. After his graduation from high school, Marvin went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Westmar College, then onto to pursue his Master’s Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Lemars, IA. Marvin “Mr. Grabau” began a fulfilling career in education. He started teaching at Climbing Hill High School in Iowa, before making Hudson High School his home where he taught many years in the science department. Throughout his career, Marvin always enjoyed socializing with his colleagues over lunch or coffee. He had a curiosity with anything involving science, especially the stars and cosmos. Marvin’s mind was always thinking and hypothesizing over the many mysteries of the universe. He was also interested in geology as he had an extensive rock & fossil collection. Marvin was a fan of the southwest & western regions of the U.S; especially Yellowstone Park. He envisioned what it would have been like if he himself was a cowboy.

In the summer of 1964, Marvin became the proud husband of his dear Doris J. Goodrich. The couple met in college and it literally was love at first sight. The couple shared two children and nearly 60 years of bliss and adventures. Marvin was a hopeless romantic, and expressed his love for Doris through many flowers, candlelit dinners, gifts, and surprises over the years. When their children, Kevin & Angela, came along, Marvin always made sure they knew how special they were to him and how proud he was to be their dad. His pride was extended with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Those feelings of love & the memories Marvin leaves with his family will live on in their hearts forever.

Marvin is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Doris; his children, Kevin (Nancy) Grabau of Hudson, WI, & Angela (Jeff Compagner) Grabau of Holland, MI; grandchildren, Sasha (Daniel) Blair, Kayla Grabau, Kevin B. Grabau, Mandi Haas, Tiffany (Boudy) Vier, Calvin Compagner, & Maria Compagner; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Kaisen, Kinsley, Eli, Kaylee, Hadley, Kyra, Bella, Sam, Noah, Kaelyn, & Aiden; brother, Jerry (Sharon) Schaible; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, & friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick & Lydia; sister, Sharon (Bill) White; and a stillborn baby brother.

A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Marvin’s life will be held from 4:00-6:00 P.M, Monday, November 9, 2020 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 11th St. S. Hudson, WI 54016. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Life Source, an organ, eye and tissue donation organization at


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