June 25, 2013


Merle D. Heuton, 86, died unexpectedly Monday, June 17, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at St. John Evangelical Church in Carroll with Pastor Cindy Johnson presiding. Burial with honors by Maurice Dunn American Legion Post will be at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery in Glidden.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Ohde Twit Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Merle D., son of Louie and Ada (Bushman) Heuton, was born Nov. 17, 1926 in Glidden, Iowa. He lived with his family on a farm near Glidden and graduated from Glidden High School in 1944. Following graduation, Merle enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1946, Merle returned to the Glidden area.

On Dec. 22, 1946, he married Grace A. Moorman at St. John Lutheran Church. Two children were born to this union. Merle and Grace farmed near Glidden for 15 years and then moved to Des Moines where he worked for Firestone Tire and Rubber for 22 years. After retiring, they moved to Palm Harbor, Fla., for 29 years. Merle moved back to Carroll in 2011 to be near family and friends.

Merle was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Carroll. In his spare time he enjoyed playing cards and mostly enjoyed being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Merle is survived by his son Sidney (Linda) Heuton of Palm Harbor, Fla.; daughter Sonya (Steve) Hollenbeck of Rocky Mount, Mo.; five grandchildren: Adam (Amanda) Markham of Nashville, Tenn., Anne (Clint) Walker of High Ridge, Mo., Kyle Markham of Roanoke, Va., Shannon (Danny) DeFranze of New Port Richie, Fla., and Shawn Heuton of Tampa, Fla.; four step-grandchildren: Missy (Billy) Karapiperis of Orlando, Fla.,, Chip Hodges of Gainesville, Fla., Matt (Beth) Hollenbeck of San Diego, Calif., and Travis (Melissa) Hollenbeck of Lenexa, Kan.; 11 great-grandchildren: Alexis, Isaiah, Mia, Blake, Dane, Tanner, Bailey, Landon, Blair, Makenna and Will; brother Delbert Heuton of Carroll; sisters-in-law Gladys Heuton of Rembrandt, Iowa, and Mary Jo (Glenn) Frease of Winterset, Iowa; brother-in-law Harold Romayne (Marlene) Moorman of Owatonna, Minn,; and many nieces and nephews.

Merle was preceded in death by his parents; wife Grace Heuton; brothers Virgil and Arnold Heuton; brother-in-law Voshel Moorman; sisters-in-law Jerry Moorman, Leta Heuton, Mildred Heuton and Eva Heuton.