MERLE E. SASS, age 81, of Missouri Valley, Iowa passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Merle was born June 1, 1929 in Weston, Iowa to Walter and Evelyn (Wilding) Sass. He grew up in the Crescent area. His family moved to Woodbine for his Jr. & Sr. year, graduating from Woodbine High School in 1947. He was drafted into the Army in 1951 and was a paratrooper for the 508th Airborne Regiment. He married Marjorie Louise Brown on June 28, 1953. He worked for the Logan Creamery as a Law Officer. He was approached by Chief of Police, Everett Gochenour to work for the MVPD in 1955, with an opening in the Sheriffs office and was asked by Louie Allstat to be Deputy in 1975. He then became Sheriff in 1980 until retirement in 1996. Merle loved his flowers, birds, yard, going to auctions, collecting farm tractors and coins, and his family. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Iowa State Sheriffs Deputies Association, Treasurer of the MV Volunteer Fire Department for 13 years, member of United Methodist Church, American Legion, Garden Club and last winter received the By Way of Excellence Award from the hospital. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marjorie of Missouri Valley, Iowa; daughter: Renee Hack and husband Mike of Logan, Iowa; son: Lynn Sass and wife Jill of Elkhorn, Nebraska; brother: Marvin Sass and wife Beulah of Council Bluffs, Iowa; grandchildren: Heather Edney and husband Ross of Logan, Iowa; Heath Hack and wife Rachel of Logan, Iowa; Garrett Sass and Gaven Sass both of Elkhorn, Nebraska; great-grandchildren: Nick, Dana, Carson, and Carter Edney and Ethan Hack; sister-in-law: Lois Hatterman of Logan, Iowa; brother-in-law: Raymond Brown of Logan, Iowa; numerous nieces and nephews. Merle was preceded in death by his parents and baby sister Mabel. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Wednesday at the Hennessey-Aman Funeral Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church or the Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital both in Missouri Valley. Military Honors by the Julius F. Muller American Legion Post #337 of Missouri Valley, Iowa. In Loving Memory Of MERLE E. SASS Born June 1, 1929 Weston, Iowa Entered Into Rest December 5, 2010 Omaha, Nebraska Services 1:00pm Thursday, December 9, 2010 United Methodist Church – Missouri Valley, Iowa Officiating Pastor Kim Crummer Organist Genelle Riesland Music Selection Congregational Hymn In The Garden Honorary Bearers George Winther Wilber Bud Busing Raymond Brown Howard Wood Ray Pike Greg Anderson Judson Frisk Dennis Osborn Casket Bearers Jerry Matheny Pat Sears Terry Baxter Dick Tiffey Gaylord Pitt Larry Jones Final Resting Place 3:30 p.m. Thursday Hazel Dell Cemetery – Crescent, Iowa The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the Methodist Church immediately following the service at the Church.