Merlyn Schwarz

January 23, 2019

obit schwarz merlyn image1Aug. 30, 1932 – Jan. 18, 2019

Merlyn Schwarz, age 86 of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Jan. 18 at the Hendricks Nursing Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thurs­day, Jan. 24 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Ivanhoe, with Fr. Ron Hu­berty celebrating. Burial will be at the Hendricks City Cemetery, Hendricks. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel in Hendricks, and will resume Thursday one hour prior to the ser­vice at the church.
Merlyn Edward Schwarz was born Aug. 30, 1932 to Julius and Jeanette (Van Meeteren) Schwarz in Shel­don, Iowa. He was raised near Sheldon, where he at­tended country school. In 1952 he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served his country during the Korean Conflict. During this time he was stationed in Austria with the 510th Field Artillery BA Battalion Battery C. In 1954 he was honorably discharged and returned home.
Merlyn was united in marriage to Lenore Jans­ma on May 24, 1956 in a private ceremony in Spirit Lake, Iowa. They were blessed with four children. They lived on a farm by Shaokotan Lake, where they raised their children, and later retired in Hendricks. Later, Mer­lyn turned the farm over to his son Randy, who was currently crop-sharing. Le­nore passed away Aug. 4, 2017. Merlyn entered the Hendricks Nursing Home in June 2017, where he passed away Friday, Jan. 18 at the age of 86 years, four months and 19 days.
Merlyn enjoyed farming and gardening. His grand­children were his pride and joy and his face would light up when he saw them. His dream for all of his children and grandchil­dren was to receive a col­lege education, since back in his day he was only able to obtain an eighth grade education.
Grateful for having shared Merlyn’s life are his three children— Ran­dall (Leslie) Schwarz of Hendricks, Jan Schwarz of Phoenix, Arizona, and Dar­la (Jeff) Lasnetski of Will­mar; daughter-in-law Pam Schwarz of Tyler;15 grand­children and 24 great-grandchildren; and numer­ous nieces and nephews.
Merlyn was preceded in death by his son Ron­ald Schwarz; parent Julius and Jeanette Schwarz; two brothers, Wallace and James Schwarz; one sis­ter, Donna Gebauer; and one grandson, Nathan Schwarz.
Blessed be his memory.