Merlen H. Buchholz


Merlen Herman Buchholz, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 12, at Community Memorial Hospital, Sumner.

He was born Sept. 6, 1936, in Delhi, son of Herman and Florence Meinres Buchholz. He married Thelma Buck Buchholz on Oct. 11, 1958, in Littleton.

He worked at Rath Packing, Waterloo, and was also a farmer. He later was a semi driver for Fredericksburg Co-op. 

Merlen is survived by his wife, Thelma of Sumner; four sons, Gordon of Mason City, Mike (Paula) of Parkersburg, Allen of Sumner and Gary of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Lindsey, Amanda, Peyton and Joshua; a sister, Hazel Hamblin of Jesup; and a brother, Marvin (Vonna) of Beloit, Wis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Kathleen; two sisters, Marion Wenger and Melba Bearbower; and three brothers-in-law, Duane (Marion) Wenger, Wesley (Hazel) Hamblin and Bill (Melba) Bearbower.

Visitation will be held from4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner. Inurnment will be at a later date at Littleton Cemetery in Littleton, Iowa.


Steve and Lisa Oberbroeckling on December 18, 2013 at 8:46 AM said:

So sad to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts are with you and your family Gordy. God Bless.
Dave & Jackie Meyer on December 17, 2013 at 6:58 AM said:

Mike, Paula and kids, we are sorry about the loss of your father and grandfather. We pass on our love and condolences. May the lord be with you during this difficult time. Dave & Jackie Meyer
Denise Haupt on December 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM said:

Sorry to hear of your loss. I sure enjoyed waiting on Merlen when he did his grocery shopping was very pleasant to wait on. I will miss him.
Gary & Nancy Flanigan Family on December 16, 2013 at 10:39 AM said:

We are sorry for your loss. Mike, Paula, Peyton & Josh - you are all in our prayers and thoughts. And, we are praying for the entire Buchholz family. God Bless.
Steve Loshman on December 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM said:

I want to give my condolences to the family. I remember the kids from high school and quite a few funny stories with Gordon. My thoughts are with you. Steve
Joe & Diane Zabel on December 15, 2013 at 8:18 AM said:

Our sincerest thoughts to the entire family at this time.

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