Merrill M. Barlow (1929 - 2018)


Merrill M. Barlow II, 88, of Dunnellon, passed away in his home Feb. 3, 2018.
Merrill was born May 23, 1929, in Jacksonville, Ill., county of Morgan, to Merrill M. Barlow I and Una Barlow.
Merrill earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He then joined the army serving in the Korean War, as a corporal in the Mountain and Winter Warfare Specialist attached to the 16th Corp and received an honorable discharge.
He was a dedicated teacher for 30 years in the Iowa Public School System.
It was there that he met his best friend and future wife, Frances Simonsen, who preceded him in death. They enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and summers in Canada. He was a loving and devoted husband to Frances during their 45 years of marriage.
After retiring Merrill and Frances moved on Oct. 1, 1990, from Pleasant Hill Iowa to Rainbow Lakes Estates in Florida. Merrill joined the neighborhood crime watch where he served for many years and was president for some of the period. Merrill was an avid bowler and was a member of many bowling leagues and coffee clubs over the years.
Merrill is survived by his sister, Theodra Barlow of New York, N.Y.; beloved by four children from a previous marriage, Dalene Green of Omaha, Neb.; David Barlow of Gillette, Wyo.; Merrill M. Barlow III of Omaha, Neb.; and Merri Lynn Greenwood of Coppell, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Dean Simonsen and his wife, Carol, of Crystal River; sister-in-law, Phyllis Schroeder of Emmetsburg, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as many dear friends.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Fero Funeral Home (, Beverly Hills. Inurnment will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to The or Citrus Memorial Hospital.
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Published in Riverland News on Feb. 15, 2018
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