Merlon William Tesch, 80 of Hartley passed away on Monday, June 11, 2007, at home. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 15, 2007 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Hartley. Rev. Dave Ericksen will officiate the 10:30 a.m. service.
Interment will take place at Pleasant View Cemetery of Hartley.
Military services will be conducted by American Legion Arthur W. Kirchoff Post No. 228 of Hartley.
Casket bearers are Jerry Scharnberg, Ed Harders, Bob Kluender, Kevin Tewes, Kenneth Kroger and LeRoy Raabe. Warner Funeral Home of Hartley is in charge of arrangements.
Merlon William Tesch, the son of John and Sophia Koehlmoos Tesch, was born on July 3, 1926, on a farm southwest of Paullina. He attended parochial school in Germantown and was confirmed on July 6, 1941 in St. John's Lutheran Church in Germantown. On February 1, 1945, he entered into the military serving in the United States Army. Merlon was stationed in the Philippines. While in the service, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Merlon was honorably discharged on January 13, 1947.
On October 3, 1948, Merlon married Marilyn Sampson in Hartley. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Hartley and Paullina before settling back in Hartley on the family farm in 1953. Merlon was a member of the St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the American Legion Arthur Kirchoff Post #228.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Steven; one sister and three infant siblings.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marilyn of Hartley; one daughter, Cindy Cook and her husband, Conrad of Hartley; one son, Robert Tesch and his wife, Sedaj of Phoenix; two grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, two sisters: Margaret Byers of California and Millie Krambeck of Galva; one brother, Melvin Tesch and his wife, Dorothy of Paullina; other relatives and many friends.