Merle C. Pauley

Merle Charles Pauley age 92, of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Rose Vista Nursing Home in Woodbine, Iowa. He was born February 28, 1928 in Avoca, Iowa to Ira and Ada (Osbar) Pauley. Merle married Carmelita Lustgraaf December 29, 1950 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska, they were married almost sixty seven years. He served six years in the United States Marine Corp. Merle worked as an auto mechanic for most of his life, but he was a Jack of All Trades. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t figure out or fix. In his younger years, Merle enjoyed fishing with his family catching the fish with the home-made doughballs that Carm made. Merle really enjoyed his ice cream and going out for rides in his power chair, especially going down the Loess Moose Restaurant to eat and visit with the girls who worked there. He said they were really nice and friendly to him and the food was good too.

Merle is preceded in death by his parents, wife Carmelita, daughter Peggy Hardy, son Lawrence Pauley, grandchildren Rodney Duncan, Randy Pauley, Jeff Hardy, Chuck Pauley, Heather Wakehouse, great grandchild Gage Lawson, brother Ira (Butch) Pauley, sister Lavone Barta.

Survivors include his children Patty (Rick) Williams, Pam (Rayce) Reynolds, Phyllis (Stuart) Karlin, Lavern (Laurie) Pauley, Lenny (Sandy) Pauley, Penny (Todd) Holst, twenty one grandchildren thirty seven great grandchildren four great great grandchildren, brother Doug (Skeeter) Pauley.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Burial will follow at the Neola Cemetery in Neola, Iowa with Pastor Marlin Lustgraaf Officiating.

Military Honors will be conducted by the Neola American Legion Post #330. Casket Bearers

Nathan Johnson Clayton Karlin

Shaun Johnson Todd Holst

Matt Engle Hannah Holst

Psalms 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not [a]want. 2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures; He leads me beside the [c]still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will [d]dwell in the house of the LORD





  • Melody Cordes Posted October 9, 2020 3:39 pm

    Pryers & sympathy to Merle’s family on his death. Im sure you have some touching memories o your Father. I remember when your parents & their oldest children would come to Aunt Ada to visit on Sundays. I think it was Pam & Peg with blonde hair playing. I was at Ada’s house with Lavonne. I thought you girls were so cute. I lost touch with any of you over the years. Melody, 1st Cousin to Merle. My Father, Merel Osbahr & Ada are siblings.

  • Honeywell Posted October 9, 2020 5:08 pm

    Merle’s was not first cousin. A lot older than me. I remember when he and Carmelita would come visit at the farm. Sorry to hear of your loss. Later this brother in law became my brother in law.

  • Renee Barth Blackman Posted October 12, 2020 4:37 pm

    I am LaVonne Barta’s daughter, and I just learned about the passing of your dad (My Uncle) from their cousin who was talking to their second cousin. I had to google it to confirm it. I have many memories of going to the house in Missouri Valley and see him, Aunt Carm and all you kids. Please know I am sending prayers for you all that you find the strength you need during this time. He will be greatly missed by many that knew him.

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