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Merlin Messenger

June 23, 1935 — November 20, 2017

Woodbine, Iowa

Merlin Dawain Messenger was born on June 23, 1935, near Woodbine, Iowa to Ralph and Hazel (Sindt) Messenger. He attended country school and Woodbine High School graduating with the class of 1953. Merlin worked for Bell Telephone Company in Norfolk, Nebraska, and returned to Woodbine to farm and work for area farmers. Merlin proudly served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957 and four years in the reserves. He continued farming until 1965. In 1965 he started building grain bins and metal buildings and did this for 25 years. Merlin and Rhonda purchased the Westside Tap in 1985 and sold it in 1997. Merlin married Rhonda Ruff on November 20, 1986, with Francis Harper officiating. In 2003, the couple moved to the Lake of the Ozarks area in Missouri. They returned to Woodbine in 2011.

Merlin enjoyed hunting and fishing and most of all having his morning coffee with his friends at the Corn Palace.

Merlin died on Monday, November 20, 2017, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 82 years, four months and 28 days.

Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lyle and Ray Messenger; sister, Audrey Woodridge; two dogs, Dakota and Maggie and a cat, Sammy. He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Messenger of Woodbine, Iowa; four children, Bob Messenger of Logan, Iowa, Debbie Messenger of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Brenda and her husband Jesse Hurtado of Las Vegas, Nevada and Marilyn and her husband Steve Gable of Stanford, North Carolina; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Vera Curtis of Des Moines, Iowa and Lamoyne Hummel of Crane, Missouri; brother, Lloyd Messenger and his wife Geri of Woodbine, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.

  • Visitation

    November 24, 2017
    2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Fouts Funeral Home

    501 Normal Street
    Woodbine, IA
    (712) 647-2221

  • Family will receive friends

    November 24, 2017
    5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Fouts Funeral Home

    501 Normal Street
    Woodbine, IA
    (712) 647-2221

  • Funeral Service

    November 25, 2017
    10:30 AM

    Fouts Funeral Home

    501 Normal Street
    Woodbine, IA
    (712) 647-2221

  • Burial

    November 25, 2017
    11:15 AM

    Woodbine Cemetery

    Woodbine, IA

  • Luncheon

    November 25, 2017
    11:45 AM

    Followers of Christ

    77 5th Street
    Woodbine, IA

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