HAWARDEN—Lowell F. Merrill, 85, of Hawarden, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

A memorial service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at First Baptist Church in Hawarden, with Pastor Stuart Schreur officiating.

Burial will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery, with military rites by Two Oaks American Legion Post 254 and the Iowa Army Honor Guard.

Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is in charge of arrangements.

Lowell Franklin Merrill, son of Edgar L. and Grace L. (Buchholz) Merrill, was born Jan. 24, 1935, at Sioux Rapids, IA. He attended school at Sioux Rapids into the third grade. He then attended Cornell Consolidated School, graduating in 1952 with a class size of just five (four boys and one girl). After graduation, Lowell farmed with his dad near Cornell, IA. In September 1957, he entered the United States Army. Lowell spent time serving in Colorado, Kentucky and Camp Beaver, South Korea. Lowell was united in marriage with Bonnie Fay Anderson on May 21, 1960, at the Little Brown Church at Nashua, IA. The couple was blessed with two children, Donna Marie and Daniel Lynn.

Lowell was employed as a USDA Meat Inspector 1967-1995. He worked in Ottumwa, Hawarden and Sioux Center, IA. When not working, Lowell enjoyed hunting, fur-trapping and camping with family and friends. He also loved sporting events and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Lowell was a member of the First Baptist Church in Webb, Ottumwa and Hawarden. Over the years he served as a deacon, trustee, finance board member and member of the pastoral search committee.

Lowell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bonnie; two children, Donna (Chris) Ryan of Omaha, NE, and Daniel Merrill, Dawn Dekenipp of Missoula, MT; seven grandchildren, Jeremy, Josh (Beverly), Jeff, James, JR, Jennifer and Maelynn; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Woodall; two nephews, Philip (Beth) Woodall and John (Amy) Woodall; cousins; and many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Grace Merrill; parents-in-law, Martin and Mae Anderson; and brother-in-law, Bill Woodall.