HAWARDEN—Lowell Franklin Merrill, 85, Hawarden, died Friday, Dec. 25, 2020, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Service will be at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden.

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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 5 (4 boys and 1 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 from 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, IA. 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 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.