OAKVILLE, Mo. — Marvin E. Proffer, 88, died March 27, 2019, at his home.
Born on Feb. 3, 1931, in Cape Girardeau, son of the late Marvin W. and Alta Proffer, he graduated from Central High School and was granted a football scholarship to Southeast Missouri State University. In 1953, he graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in education and then received a graduate assistantship to University of Missouri Columbia. He graduated with a master’s degree in education in 1954. He served in the United States Army and settled in Jackson. He ran the family newspaper, theatre, printing and insurance businesses. At age 25, he was elected to the Jackson City Council and became active in community affairs through the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, started the Jackson Jaycees, set up a summer recreation program and started and managed baseball teams. He was elected to the Missouri General Assembly in the House of Representatives in 1962 where he served 26 years, eight years as budget chairman. Some of his many accomplishments include Southeast Missouri State University’s Show Me Center, The Missouri Veterans Home and the Missouri Conservation Center. In 1988, he received the Legislative Award for passing the Missouri Seat Belt Law. He also passed the bill for Unclaimed Property in Missouri. After his retirement from the legislature, he continued serving the people of Missouri by representing Southeast Missouri State and the Missouri Port Authority as a lobbyist in Jefferson City.
His wife Donna Lohse Proffer, survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two sons, Kirk (Cathy) Proffer and Kent (Peggy) Proffer; one daughter, Marian (Steve) Houser; one stepson, Michael Becherer (Lisa); and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Proffer.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3 at St. Paul United Church of Christ in St. Louis (Oakville) followed by a graveside service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.