Legendary Kansas Game Warden Retires

After serving Marion and Morris Counties as a state game warden for 32 years, Marvin Peterson is heading off into the sunset. He is described by those who know him as a very friendly warden and was particularly liked by his fellow wardens. He was cordial to those who obeyed the law and “not so much” to those who broke the law.

The people who worked with him also described him as the consummate professional and as always dependable. Over the course of his 32 years as a game warden, Peterson distinguished himself by receiving numerous commendations for enforcing laws pertaining to wildlife, boating, and fisheries. He was also heavily involved in safety initiatives and rescue missions at the county’s many lakes. He was involved in many boat rescues, which he says he enjoyed tremendously, but searching for drowning victims, he says, was probably the worst part of his job.

He took his work as a game warden very seriously but always worked with a casual demeanor despite being recognized as hero, earning him the respect of the community as well as of his colleagues.

When asked what he would miss the most about his career as a game warden, Peterson said it would be the people with whom he worked for so many years. There were dozens of individuals from the Corps of Engineers as well as several sheriffs and sheriff’s deputies with whom Peterson developed close personal friendships and he said he enjoyed having the honor and privilege of working with such a distinguished group of dedicated professionals throughout his career.

He plans to spend his retirement volunteering with community activities like hunter safety classes and youth outdoors activities as well as working part time at the Ace Hardware store in Marion.