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Merlyn R. Schoelerman

Friday, December 31, 2010

Memorial services for Merlyn R. Schoelerman, 77 were held Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. Rev. Jeff Filkins and Rev. Tim Hogan celebrated the service.

Interment took place at Pleasant View Cemetery at Hartley.

Military graveside rites were performed by Arthur W. Kirchoff Legion Post No. 288 of Hartley.

Merlyn Rae Schoelerman, the son of Alfred and Eva (Baumeister) Schoelerman, was born on a farm east of Hartley, on July 10, 1933. He attended school in the Hartley area and graduated from Hartley High School in 1951. Merlyn was drafted into the United States Army on April 7, 1953, and served as an Army Engineer in the Korean War until March 9, 1955.

On Jan. 22, 1956, he was united in marriage to Donna Tesch at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Hartley. To this union two children were born, a son Randy and a daughter Ronda. Together the couple farmed in the Hartley area for many years. Donna passed away on Dec. 13, 1995.

He married Karmen Noonan on Feb. 22, 1997, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hartley. The couple made their home on a farm north of Hartley. Merlyn enjoyed farming alongside his son Randy for many years. Merlyn passed away on Sunday, Dec.r 26, 2010, at the age of 77 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital in Spencer, Ia.

Merlyn was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling. Spending time with his family was important to Merlyn, especially with his grandsons. He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ were he served on the consistory and church property committee. He served on the Farmers Co-op Board of Directors during the building of the elevator. Merlyn was also a Trustee for Center Township and was an active member of the American Legion and helped with bingo.

He is survived by his wife, Karmen, of May City, Ia.; a daughter, Ronda (Robert) Hartje of Storm Lake, Ia.; three grandsons: Matthew (Megan) Sease of Ankeny, Ia., Paul Sease of West Des Moines, Ia., and Andy Sease of Brookings, S.D.; a brother, Fred (Bonnie) Schoelerman of Hartley, Ia.; a step-son, Jim (Joye) Noonan of Bondurant, Ia.; four step-daughters: Jean (John) Landsverk of Denver, Colo., Julie Noonan (Ted Abariotes) of Golden, Colo., Patty (Dana) Andersen of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Erin Noonan (Clark McGuire significant other )of Iowa City, Ia.; six step-grandchildren: Jenae, Jacob and Jessica Noonan of Bondurant, Ia., Connor Landsverk of Denver, Colo., Max and Alex Abariotes of Golden, Colo.; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.

Merlyn was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Donna; a son, Randy; and an infant sister, Lois.

Sanborn and Hartley Funeral Homes were in charge of arrangements.