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780 12th St. SW
P.O. Box 822
Le Mars, IA 51031
Phone: 712-546-4903
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Merlyn Hansen

Merlyn Alfred Hansen

Wednesday, October 16th, 1935 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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Merlyn A. Hansen, 84, of Pierson, Iowa passed away on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Lawton Senior Living following a brief illness. Funeral services with social distancing will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at the Johnson – Earnest Funeral Home in Kingsley. Rev. Kim Crummer will officiate. Burial will follow at Kingsley Cemetery. Visitation with social distancing will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the Johnson – Earnest Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the funeral home prior to the funeral service on Wednesday.

Merlyn Alfred Hansen was born on October 16, 1935 on the family farm in Union Township, Plymouth County, Iowa to Alfred “Stovie” and Erma (Grage) Hansen. He was educated at Union School and then assisted his family with farming. Merlyn also worked at the Becker – Ditter Service Station in Kingsley, Iowa. He proudly served his country in the United States Army from September 4, 1958 to September 2, 1960 where he attained the rank of Specialist prior to earning an Honorable Discharge.

Merlyn married Lois “Kay” Grover on August 11, 1963 in Marcus, Iowa. They made their home in Pierson, Iowa where Merlyn worked at several different occupations. He drove truck for many people in the area. He had his own corn shelling business and also later established Hansen Electrical and Plumbing and did some carpentry work as well. He taught horse shoeing and Truck Driving at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City, Iowa. First and foremost, Merlyn was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was an active member of Meadow Star United Methodist Church, taught Sunday school, led youth fellowship, provided music for Sunday school and participated in Bible Buddies. He belonged to the Masonic Temple, Abu Bekr Shrine and the Scottish Rites. He particularly enjoyed being a Shrine clown named Dufus. He played the guitar and hosted the Cherokee Music Festival and was very proud of singing on stage with Loretta Lynn. In earlier years he announced chuck wagon races. Two months ago, Merlyn moved to Lawton Senior Living.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Elizabeth Christensen and her husband, Chris of Pierson, IA, Carmen Wilson and her husband, Jeff of Pierson, IA and Bart Hansen and his wife, Laura of Joelton, TN; grandchildren, Matthew (Dani) Christensen, Heather (Aaron) Newman, Cody (Micayla) Wilson, Tyler Ellison, Harper Kay Hansen and Henley Reese Hansen; great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Jase and Zoey Christensen, Oaklie, Kali and one on the way Wilson, Gunnar Newman; a sister, Mary Johnson of Pierson, IA; and a brother, Leonard “Butch” Hansen and his wife, Jan of Le Mars, IA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Kay on February 20, 1999; a brother, Kenneth Hansen; and a brother-in-law, Dean Johnson.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Johnson -Earnest Funeral Home
    313 Barre St.
    KINGSLEY, IA 51028
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    The family will be present from 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the funeral home prior to the funeral service on Wednesday
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 | 10:30am
    Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 10:30am
    Johnson -Earnest Funeral Home
    313 Barre St.
    KINGSLEY, IA 51028
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    Rev. Kim Crummer
  • Interment

    Kingsley Cemetery
    N. Co Hwy C66
    KINGSLEY, IA 51028
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Lisa Niebuhr

Posted at 08:39pm
Dearest Hansens, We are so sorry for your lost! Ee know the music in heaven is absolutely magnificent now with your dad's singing and playing! We will never forget your dad's unwavering faith, infectious smile, incredible work ethic, and servant leadership-at school, Church, Rainbow, the community, as well as all of you. Our love and prayers are with you always! Lisa (Grubb) and Paul Niebuhr family

Diane Day

Posted at 10:24am
Our sincere condolences to your family. So many memories of his sense of humor that always made us smile.

Randy and Diane Day

Phil Carlin

Posted at 05:19pm
Dear Dear Dweet Man. You wete just in the store not long ago it feels. We talked about Bart, the new Daughter In Law, nrw grandbabies, Miss Loretta and more. We've known each other so long i can't remember how long.
We will play guitars in heaven my friend ❤️

Steve Liddle

Posted at 07:58am
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Hansen family and to Bart (the best whistler in the world). In 1990 Bart and Merlyn help me build a dairy barn outside of Meriden and we all had fun with many jokes and with our hard work. RIP and God Bless you all. Steve Liddle

Roger& Karen Hartman and Ardyce Highley

Posted at 07:12pm
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