In Memory of

Merrill Arthur Sebastian

August 29, 1933 - July 21, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Merrill Arthur Sebastian

Merrill Arthur Sebastian

Born: August 29, 1933
Died: July 21, 2018
Age: 84

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 Merrill Arthur Sebastian, the son of Arthur and Kate Sebastian, was born August 29, 1933 in Spencer, Iowa.  Merrill went to his eternal home early in the morning of Saturday, July 21, 2018.   Merrill grew up on the family farm southwest of Spencer. He graduated from Spencer High School in 1951. On the same family farm he raised his own four children, Rod, Kevin, Jackie and Bryan.

     He continued to farm for many years including a custom hay baling operation. He also worked at the Spencer Foods Packing Plant and Eaton Corporation as well. He later owned and operated a lawn mowing business serving residential and business clients. He loved getting up early as he felt this was the best part of the day. He felt there was work that needed to be done whether it was on the farm or doing his lawns and it was best to get up and at it. Merrill enjoyed watching his grandchildren's school events, especially football, wrestling and drama. One of his favorite grandchildren activities was the snowmobile racing where he always stopped at the shop to say good luck. He was so proud of them all in whatever activity they did. Merrill volunteered groundskeeping work at Spencer Community Theater and was the 2005 Shakespeare Award recipient. He also volunteered his services at Foundation Church and had his hands in the work of the Smoky Mountain Central Railroad at the Clay County Fair.  He spent hours painting and constructing scenery that is displayed today.  Merrill loved sharing this with his grandchildren.  No matter where Merrill was working he always wanted to leave his mark for a job well done. He enjoyed going to plays, doing woodwork, gardening and most importantly going to church and spending time with family.

      Merrill was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Kate Sebastian, sisters Patricia and Nina. He is survived by his wife Dixie, 4 children, Rod (Lori) Sebastian from St. Paul, MN, Kevin (Melissa) Sebastian, Everly, IA, Jackie (Mike) Barrett, Green Mountain Falls, CO and Bryan (Shantell) Sebastian, Spencer, IA. He is also survived by step daughters LeAnne (Tim Weicorek) McVey, Spencer, IA, Bambi McVey, and step son Louis McVey. Merrill has seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at the Foundation Church in Spencer.

A Memorial Fund has been established at Community State Bank in Spencer
Memorials may be sent to: Community State Bank at 1812 Highway Blvd., Spencer, Iowa 51301

Pastor Nick Hanges
Kyle Cook
Ashley Hamilton
Abby Cook
Michael Grubb
Mitchell Sebastian
Leanne Sebastian
Nicholas Sebastian
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Tuesday with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M, Tuesday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
SOLO: "How Great Thou Art" by Courtney Cook
DUET: "I Can Only Imagine" by Kyle & Courtney Cook
RECESSIONAL: "Amazing Grace"

ORGANIST: Branda Sassman
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
Privately at a later date


Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:18 AM
“To the Sebastion family, Kevin, Rodney, I remember many adventures playing on your farm as children. your father always had the best smiles. and adventuresome spirit that was contagious. May your family find peace and grace in the Fellowship of loved ones around you!”
- Jay Selzer & Janet Selzer
Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:18 AM
“My sincere condolences to the Sebastian Family.”
Friday, July 27, 2018 at 7:51 PM
“So sorry to hear of Merrill's passing. Sure enjoyed his visits at Casey's. Prayers to all.”
- Betty Walton
Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 8:01 AM
“Bryan, so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Lean into God at this difficult time. Jim and Jan Rusk
- Jan Rusk
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 1:22 PM
“Bryan and family so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, prayers coming your way.”
- Ron & Sharon Essick
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 9:56 AM
“Your dad was a giving man . He gave time with his whole heart and he cared about everyone. We worked with his wife in LTC and he was faithful til the end. He loved people! May he rest in peace and for you the knowledge, he's in heaven.”
- Nancy Hartmann
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 3:11 PM
“Dixie, Bryan, and other family & friends,
I was so sad to learn of Merrill's passing, my heart goes out to all of you. What a wonderfully nice man.
Dixie, I've been praying for you and will continue. May God be with you in your times of need - whether it be now,
later during those "firsts", and down the road. May God wrap you up in His arms in the form of other friends and family,
and share your memories of him to keep him with you always!! God Bless You!”
- Stephanie Napp
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 2:25 PM
“Sorry for your loss”
- Dorothy brons
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 9:46 AM
“Bryan and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Merrill always had a positive word for everyone!”
- Heather Peters
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“Brian and family, sorry for the loss of your father. He was such a nice person.”
- Judi Nolting
Monday, July 23, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Merrill's passing. His care and friendship of my mother in her later years were greatly appreciated. He was truly a fine and considerate man. He will be missed by our family and I'm sure by many others. He was a man of many talents. May he rest in peace.”
- Gene Hall
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:19 PM
“ Brian, our thoughts and prayers go out too you and your entire family during this difficult time....Godspeed...”
- Rhonda & Steve (goobe) Essick
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Sympathy and prayers to the Sebastian Family🙏 John Zinn”
- John Zinn
Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Merrill was a very good older friend to talk too. God prayers be with Kevin Brian and rest of family. Jerry donneta menke”
- Jerry menke
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