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Merlyn John Fell

September 21, 1933 - June 23, 2019
From: Sanborn, IA | Originally: Everly, IA
Merlyn John Fell

Merlyn John Fell

Born: September 21, 1933
Died: June 23, 2019
Age: 85

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     Merlyn John Fell, the son of John and Viola (Schoelerman) Fell was born September 21, 1933 in Spencer, IA. His childhood years were spent in the Everly, IA area, where he attended school and graduated from Everly High School in 1951.

     Merlyn enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served until his Honorable Discharge in 1955. He married Bonnie Ihnen in 1954.  He then began farming in the Everly area. Merlyn married Donna Carlson in 2004. He was a member of the Evening Shade Lodge#312 A.F. & A.M., American Legion Glen Pedersen Post #1 and Hope Lutheran Church. Merlyn enjoyed driving the Shriners ATV’s in parades, driving Everly School bus and working with livestock.

     Merlyn passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Prairie View Home in Sanborn, IA, at the age of 85. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Bonnie; and a son, Mark Fell.

     Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Donna of Sanborn, IA; 5 children: Patricia (Terry) Thomsen of Hartley, IA, Mike Fell of Lake Mills, IA, Sandy (Dale) Langner of Dickens, IA, Sharon (Jim) Mitchell of Polk City, IA and Teresa (Travis) Kiewiet of Dike, IA; 6 step-children: Curtis (Aimee) Carlson of Emmetsburg, IA, Stanley (Nan) Carlson of Iowa City, IA, Tim (Beth) Carlson of Cedar Rapids, IA, Mike (Lori) Carlson of Waverly, IA, Joyce Hindman of Lincoln City, OR and Janet Wait of Peoria, AZ; 15 grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren;  29 step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Dr. David (Barbara) Fell of Jackson, MN; 2 sisters-in-law: Marlis Tesch of Everly, IA and Lois Ihnen of Spirit Lake, IA; close family friend, Violet Ihnen, of Spirit Lake, IA; other relatives and many friends.

     In Lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Merlyn's name.
Funeral services will take place 2:00 P.M., Thursday, June 27, at Hope Lutheran Church in Everly.
Pastor Dan Taylor
Luke Langner
Leah Malmstrom
Jeremy Langner
Benjamin Thomsen
Jacob Thomsen
Kyle Thomsen
Kayla Garvin
Curtis Fell
Krista Smith
John Mitchell
Katlyn Fell
Joe Mitchell
Marley Kiewiet
Parker Kiewiet
Taylor Kiewiet
Visitation will take place Wednesday, June 26, at Warner Funeral Home in Everly, starting at 3:00 P.M., with family present from 6-8:00 P.M. 

Masonic services will be conducted by the Evening Shade Lodge #312 A.F. & A.M.,  Wednesday, June 26, at Warner Funeral Home in Everly, at 5:30 P.M.
"On Eagle's Wings"
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Well Done"
Lone Tree Cemetery
Everly, Iowa


Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 3:31 PM
“To all of the Fell families. Our sincere sympathy and prayers, he is in a much better place and in peace.”
- Mary and Douglas Lynn
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“To all the families & friends of Merlyn, so sorry for your loss. We spent many hours on the bus with Merlyn and will never forget the raised eyebrow looks in his rear view mirror trying to figure out what we were up to! Not sure we ever really fooled him. Thank you for always keeping us safe - you will be missed Merlyn!”
- Jennifer Engel
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 9:20 AM
“So sorry for your earthly loss of Merlyn. May he rest in peace!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 5:45 AM
“To the Fell family,
We were so very sorry to hear that Merlyn has passed away! Always had a smile and loved all the kids! He will be missed. May God wrap his arms around you all and give you peace!”
- Bryan & Gayle Bailey
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 8:19 AM
“Donna and families.. you are in our thoughts and prayers always.. Dale &Becky”
- Becky Woolery
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:38 PM
“Donna you have our sincere sympathy. Always enjoyed visiting will Meryn Larry”
- Larry Frances Peelen
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:38 PM
“I'm so sorry very for the loss of this great man! He was an amxing bus driver for all the years I can remember he was even my aunts bus driver! He always had a smile on his face and was loved and cherished by many people! ”
- Dannie Williamson
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:54 PM
“Our sympathy and prayers to you all at the passing of Merlyn. ”
- Mark & Lori Brown
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:40 PM
“When a little boy wants to go to preschool each day because he loves his bus driver, that says quite a lot about the kind of person Merlyn was to all who knew him. Always a smile and a caring heart came from this man. We have treasured memories of Merlyn. Our sympathies to his family.”
- Wayne and Diana Koppen
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:13 PM
“Sandy & Dale, my heart goes out to you both. Keep the memorirs close.
Sande & Randy”
- Sande & Randy Geiidl
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:13 PM
“Our sympathy to the Merlyn Fell families. ”
- Rick & Carol Smith
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:13 PM
“I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your grandpa. He was such a nice person and always seemed to have a smile on his face. Again, I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”
- Jessie (Boyles) Schoorman
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 2:39 PM
“My deepest sympathies to all the family. Prayers and hugs Sandy and Dale. ”
- Julie Langner Bond
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:57 PM
“We send our sincere condolences to the entire family. Merlin was a good man with a big smile & a big heart. May you find comfort in knowing his is with our Lord.”
- Glenda & Dave Seivert
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:57 PM
“So sorry to hear the news of Merlyn's passing. I didn't know he was a brother in the Mason's and the Shriners. RIP Brother.”
- Ken Grunow
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 12:36 PM
“To all in the Fell family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
Sending you my prayers for peace and comfort.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 10:29 AM
“My sympathy and prayers to Merlyn's family. ”
- Deb Wilcox
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 10:29 AM
“Dearest Fell family .... with prayers and hugs my deepest condolences for your loss. May the memories and laughter remain always with each of you.”
- Jackie Paulsen
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 8:35 AM
“Fell Family - So sorry for your loss! Prayers for God to wrap his arms around you and help you through this time. Becky (Fear) & Mike Hatting”
- Becky Fear-Hatting
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:55 AM
“Donna sorry to hear about merlyn. He put up quite a fight but he is in good hands now. RIP friend you were a good man.”
- Sharon Burgeson
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:22 AM
“Fell Family--So sorry to hear of Merlyn's passing. We've had so many fun times with all of you. We can't be there but will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Rest in peace dear friend.”
- John & Nancy Heuck
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 7:22 AM
“Sending my sympathy to all the Fell family. . .”
- Sherri Steffen
Monday, June 24, 2019 at 8:11 PM
“Katie: You are in my prayers. Memories of your grandpa will help get you through this! ”
- Linda Severson
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