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Neil Merten


Neil Lunn Merten, 97, was born December 15, 1915 in Des Moines, the son of Harris and Ada Belle (Lunn) Merten. He passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines.

Neil was an Army Veteran, proudly serving his country in World War II. He retired from Brown Brothers as an electrician after many years of faithful service. His passion was farming and spending time on his land.

Neil is survived by his children, Marjorie (David) McFann of Columbia, Missouri, Linda Smith of Pleasant Hill, Richard (Lynn) Merten of Sully and Jack (Karla) Merten of Mitchellville; grandchildren, Michael McFann, Heather (Tim) Abrams, David (Marijane) Smith, Laura (Bill) Barnes, Lisa (Kevin) Ohnemus, Eric (Sheri) Merten and Chris (Debbie) Merten; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and one on the way; sister, Vivian Davis of Pueblo, Colorado; other loving relatives and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anna Merten; granddaughter, Bailey Oltrogge and his siblings, Kenneth Merten, Beulah Moore and Russell Merten.

The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2013 at Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home. 105 4th Street SW. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Altoona United Methodist Church, 602 5th Ave. SW, with burial to follow at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Kavanagh Hospice House on 56th Street in loving memory of Neil. On-line condolences may be expressed at

Published in Des Moines Register from Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, 2013
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