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Merlin Clement Hopeville

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 1:53 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 4:10 p.m. CST

Merlin Clement, 87, of Hopeville died Nov. 21, 2013, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Visitation was held Nov. 24 at Hopeville United Methodist Church. Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205 W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr, was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Merlin Duane Clement, son of Stella (Jerome) and Carl Clement, was born Sept. 2, 1926, in Central City, Neb.

Merlin lived most all of his life in and around Hopeville.

In 1957, Merlin married Gertrude L. Lawrence.

Over the years he farmed, worked on the railroad, worked construction, cut and sold wood, had a salvage yard, and did odd jobs for people. He also raised goats.

Gertrude died in 1983.

Because of health reasons, Merlin became a resident of Clearview Home in Mount Ayr.

Merlin is survived by his daughter Nadine (Robert) Dryer of Ellston; grandchildren, Tonia (Mike) DeLong of Geneseo, Ill., David (Mindy) DeLong of Peru, Shane (Melissa) DeLong of Clinton, Lisa (Josh) Conn of Ellston and Robert (Gretchen) Dryer of Maquoketa; great-grandchildren, Kayla (Bryce) Fuller of Maquoketa, Megan (Cody) Nimrick of Atkinson, Ill., Tiffany (Kylie) DeLong of Newton, Melissa Edwards of Orient, Christa DeLong of Peru, Alex and Brandon DeLong of Clinton and Daniel and Gunner Glaspie and David DeLong, all of Peru; great-great-grandchildren, Elijah Nimrick of Atkinson, Ill., and Oliver Fuller of Maquoketa; brother-in-law Don Hoyt of Afton; nieces, Sue Rota of Hopeville and Sandy Hoyt of Des Moines; nephews, Jerry Hoyt of Osceola and Edward Hoyt of the Quad Cities; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Merlin was preceded in death by his parents, son Joe at age 5 from the German Measles, sister Sylvia Hoyt, brother Myron Clement and nephew Danny Hoyt.

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