Merle L. Day, the son of Glenn and Jean (Campbell) Day, was born February 10, 1942 near Lake City, Iowa and departed this life October 3, 2019 at his home in Lohrville, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 77 years, 7 months and 23 days.
Merle attended country school and later graduated from the Lake City High School. On October 27, 1963, Merle Day was united in marriage to Sylvia Garrett in Lake City. Merle and Sylvia made their home in Lake City and Merle worked at several jobs in the area. Later, they moved to Lohrville. Merle entered the United States Air Force in December of 1966. While stationed in the states, Sylvia joined Merle and they lived on base at Air Force bases in Texas and Washington. When Merle was transferred to an Air Force base in Korea, Sylvia lived with her parents. Merle received an honorable discharge in December of 1970 and he and Sylvia returned to Lohrville. Merle worked at the Knapp Standard Service Station for over 17 years and later drove trucks for the American Ready-mix concrete plant for 10 years and retired in 2008. Merle was a quiet person and enjoyed playing cards.
Merle was a member of the Methodist Church and the Lohrville American Legion and V.F.W.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, uncle and aunt, Dan and Kathryn Schamel, sister-in-law, Diana Garrett, nephew, Bryon Dudley and niece, Rachel Aems and several cousins. Those who proceed him in death were his parents, father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Lois Garrett, brother-in-law, Dennis Garrett and sisters-in-law, Sally Dudley and Sue Ann Garrett.
Graveside services were held at 1:30 P.M. on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the Evergreen Cemetery near Lohrville with Pastor Lorinda Hoover officiating. Military Honors were conducted by the Offutt Air Force Honors Detail.
Casket bearers were Terry Schamel, Tim Schamel, Jacob Schamel, Geno Grade, Paul Sievers and Jim Rossmanith.