John Merlin Stills(1933 - 2013)

John Merlin Stills

Pleasant Hill

John Merlin Stills passed away January 24, 2013. He was the son of John Lama and Mary Brown Stills, born in rural Clark County. He graduated from New Virginia High School in 1952, served in the Marine Corps 1953-1956, and graduated from Iowa State University in 1959. John started working for International Harvester in 1961 and retired from International Trucks in 1994.

John is survived by his wife, Bonnie Jean Stills; son, Todd Stills; daughters: Jennifer (Mike) Neighbour, Pam (George) Hovey, and Roxanne (Jim) Acre; three step-children: Tracy (Donna) Leffler, Jane Morgan, and Susan (Frank) Courtney; brother, Melvin (Sue) Stills; and sisters: Evelyn (Don) Norris, Joan (Joe) Forman, and Jane (Dean) Strawn. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Frank Stills. There were 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Pastor Richard Boatman will officiate a memorial service at Oakwood United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Iowa Health Home Care, 11333 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, IA 50322.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Funeral Home

Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW Altoona, IA 50009
(515) 967-4272

Published in Des Moines Register on Jan. 27, 2013