December 23, 2013


Merlin Loew, 78, of Maple River, died early Sunday morning, Dec. 22, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. The celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson. Mass servers will be: Ray Boeckman, Jim Derner and Larry Loew. Music for the Mass will be by Barb McDermott and the Holy Spirit choir. Lector will be Shelly Loew. Gift bearers will be Lollie Derner, Katie Hoffman and Aggie Snyder. Eucharistic ministers will be Ann Popp and Kris Feld. Honorary casket bearers will be Rick Bruning, Darrell Schaeuble, Becky Loew, Lou Ann Loew, Shawn Popp, Kelly Loew, Shelly Loew and Emily Loew. Casket bearers will be Deb Bruning, Cindy Schaeuble, Jeff Loew, Brenda Wiederin, Richie Loew, Don Loew, Ann Popp, Dean Loew, Neal Loew, Junior Loew, Mike Loew and Rob Loew. Merlie's grandchildren and great-grandchildren will form an honor guard for the Mass. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery at Maple River.

Friends may call after 4:30 p.m. Monday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 5 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. by Holy Spirit Parish.

The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9 a.m. Tuesday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Merlie's family at

On Jan. 23, 1935, Merlin and his twin sister, Marion, were born to Steven and Florence (Hermsen) Loew of Carroll, Iowa. Merlie attended St. Francis School and Carroll High School. He helped his family with their farm and dairy operation later going to work for Chicago and North Western Railroad until 1968. Merlin married Marie Boeckman on Nov. 23, 1957, at Wall Lake, Iowa. He returned to farming and raising livestock in the Maple River area and also owned and operated Merlie's place in Carroll. Merlie's passion was laying carpet; he owned Loew's Carpet and passed the trade down to his family.

Overall Merlie just loved life - fishing, playing cards, singing, and attending exotic-animal sales. His greatest joy in life, though, was his entire family who were by his side when he passed away. Merlie was a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll.

Merlie is survived by his wife Marie Loew of Maple River; his children: Deb (Rick) Bruning of Breda, Cindy (Darrell) Schaeuble of Kansas City, Mo., Jeff (Becky) Loew of Storm Lake, Brenda Wiederin of Algona, Richie (Lou Ann) Loew of Grimes, Don Loew of Carroll, Ann (Shawn) Popp of Adel, Dean Loew of Carroll, Neal (Kelly) Loew of Indianola, Junior (Shelly) Loew of Carroll, Mike (Emily) Loew of Carroll and Rob Loew of Carroll; 40 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; his siblings: twin sister, Marion (Roland) Daniel of Carroll, Larry (Mary Jane) Loew of Maple River, Katie Hoffman of Carroll, Lollie (Jim) Derner of Sac City, Aggie (Bob) Snyder of Des Moines, Steve (Deb) Loew of Des Moines; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Merlie was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons Matthew Loew and Jason Bruning; his sister Ethel Mae Davis; and his brothers Denny, Clancy and Joe Loew.