In Memory of

Daniel Jay Merten

August 13, 1954 - May 5, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Daniel Jay Merten

Daniel Jay Merten

Born: August 13, 1954
Died: May 5, 2020
Age: 65

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     Daniel Jay Merten, the son of Edward Joseph and Donna Jean (Milleman) Merten was born August 13, 1954, in Estherville, Iowa.  He was raised and attended Spencer Community Schools, graduating in 1973.

   On August 3, 1974, Daniel was united in marriage to Deb Roberts, his childhood sweetheart at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer. He centered his life around farming. He was a man that worked hard but played hard too. He was the first person to help a friend in need.  He enjoyed bowling,  golfing, snowmobiling, playing cards, relaxing in his pool, taking tickets at the fair, harvest time, bonfires, spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and attending their activities.

   Daniel passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home, at the age of 65.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Donald Merten.

   Left to cherish his memory are his wife Deb of Spencer, IA; 3 children,  Dallas (Melissa) Merten of Fostoria, IA, Dangie (Jason) of Bennington, NE, and John (Amy) Noehren of Gilbert, AZ; 4 grandchildren,  Maxwell and Murphy Merten ,and Samantha and Jack Jansen; one brother, David Merten of Royal, IA; two sisters, Cindy Meyerdirk of Spirit Lake, IA; and Melinda Carlson of Sioux City, IA; other relatives; and many friends.

     The family would like to give a special thank you to Kindred Hospice, especially to his special gals, Stacie and Emily.

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, A MEMORIAL FUND HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY THE FAMILY
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SERVICES
Private family memorial services will take place 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 9, at the Warner Funeral Chapel in Spencer.

A Celebration of Life will take place after the bural at 1:00 P.M., at The Farm for people who would like to visit and pay their respects to the family.
OFFICIATING
Fr. Tim Hogan
CASKET BEARERS
Steve Huss
Steve Peterson
Doug Eickhoff
Kent Christensen
Ken Lawrence
Delbert Dodge
Corey Meyer
Cody Dean
MUSIC
"Remember When" Alan Jackson
"God Made A Farmer" Paul Harvey
"Amazing Grace" Reba McEntire
INTERMENT
Fairview Cemetery
Langdon, Iowa

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Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 8:06 AM
““I Remember When” so clearly when I worked summers for Ed and Donna on their farm just south of my country school Meadow #4 on the Langdon gravel road those years ago. We farmed just north of Bob and Arla Gould. Donna always had a great dinner as well as afternoon sandwiches for me whether I was cultivating or baling hay. The kids were always polite and a joy to engage with while I was there.
In my retirement time, I have been lucky to visit with Dan in the Clay County Fair event ticket line and at the Y summer swim meets catching up with Dan while our grandkids competed for the Spencer TigerSharks. It was always a new to chat with Dan whenever our paths crossed.
Dan will be missed but remembered well. My condolences to you all and hope you too are surrounded with sweet memories.”
- Rob Swanson
Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 4:49 PM
“to Dan's Family I wish to express my deepest condolences. Dan's family was his life and is what made him who he was! I will always have the fondest memories of hanging out with him and Deb! those were the day's. I had the privilege of talking with Dan a couple of weeks back and he was the strongest person I know, his attitude was positive and spirits were high, He had told me that he had no regrets and he had a great run...
Salut to You Dan! you have definitely left an indelible mark with everyone you had ever came in touch with!
hb/Jr”
- Harry ( Jr ) Baxter
Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 3:41 AM
“Our condolences to Dan's entire family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dan was a friend and classmate of both of us . He always had a smile on his face and was willing to talk with anyone. He will be sorely missed but is in a better place now seated at the right hand of the Father. Rest my friend, rest.”
- Jan and Anne Johnson
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 11:03 AM
“My thoughts are with you Deb and your family...”
- Gary Schlotfeldt
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“Deb, Dallas, Dangie and families.... we were saddened to hear of Dans passing. We wish we could come and hug you tight, share all the great memories that still make us smile and tell you that we will always be here for you. You have sunshine today! Dan is in charge!!! Hugs and love and God speed to heaven Dan! We will stop by when we get back to our new normal. 🙏❤️🙏❤️”
- Galen and Julie Sampson
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“So sorry for your loss, Deb & family...”
- Janet (Dotson)Friesen
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 9:14 AM
“My heart goes out to you and your family. May God's promise give you comfort and peace. If you ever need an ear, I left my number. ”
- Stephanie Mesner
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 8:28 AM
“Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength. So sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. ”
- Ashley (Meyer) Leinweber
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 8:28 AM
“I wish I could join you in celebrating Dan today. This summer I would love to try and see everyone and celebrate his life. What a great man and family! I can hear his laugh in my head and see his smile. Thinking of all of you!”
- Katie and Mark Charter
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 8:27 AM
“So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!”
- Sherry Ford
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 6:20 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family”
- Shannon Parks
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 11:27 AM
“To the Merten family....so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Such a happy and hard working individual. Can't ever remember NOT seeing Dan with a smile on his face. RIP Dan you will be missed.”
- Chuck Schmidt
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“Thinking of you during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss.”
- Mary Hughes
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“Deb and family, I am praying that the memories you hold dear will warm your heart and you will find all you need as God’s loving arms enfold you.”
- Nancy Taylor
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“Deb and family,
I received a call this morning telling that Dan had passed away. My heart sunk as your family will always be engrained in my brain for welcoming me, my family, and our starting of Northwest Equipment. Dan ALWAYS brought a smile to my face as he was so full of life and animated in whatever he did. Deb, all the times you came to the store retrieving parts and just hoping somehow we’d get it right, your family is awesome. Spencer lost one good ambassador and one heck of a farmer. Paula and I have you in our prayers and just know Dan had a huge impact on my life. God bless your family in time of sorrow.”
- Dave Hultgren
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:32 AM
“Deb, Dallas, Dangie & Families, we are so sorry to hear of your great loss. Brad enjoyed visiting with Dan at the shop and will think of him often. Prayers to you all at this difficult time.”
- Brad & Kelly Behrens
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:32 AM
“Sorry to hear this and thinking of you all. In all of my memories of Dan he is laughing. ”
- Risa Dotson Eicke
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:32 AM
“Dave & family, I am so sorry for the loss of Dan. My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to you and Dan's family.”
- Pat Griffith Rose, "Smith"
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:32 AM
“Deb and family, what a guy, he sure showed us how to live and fight like a warrior. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Lots of hugs. Love you Deb💓💓💓💓”
- Deborah S. Marlow
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8:33 PM
“With deepest sympathy to you Deb. So sorry for your loss.”
- Bruce & Tracy Enderson
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8:33 PM
“So sorry to hear about Dan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Deb and your family. ”
- nita richards
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:45 PM
“Deb & family, So sorry to hear about Dan. Dan always had a smile for me when I saw him at the fair. Your many memories with him will help you all through this difficult time. I will keep you all in my prayers.”
- Ann Spooner
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:45 PM
“Deb, Dallas, Dangie and family. We are sending many prayers & hugs to you all in this difficult time. You guys have so so many great memories of a great husband, father & grandfather, hold tight to them now.
Love & hugs, Dave & DeEtte Lee”
- Dave & DeEtte Lee
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:45 PM
“Deb and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and hope you know we share your loss. But we are also thinking of the many good times spent with Dan who shared our love of snowmobiling and playing cards with the guys way back when. May wonderful memories sustain you all.”
- Steve and Jackie Weiskircher
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 12:33 PM
“Deb, Dallas and Danje and your families. So sorry, please know that Virgil and I are thinking of you. ”
- Mary Young
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:19 AM
“Deb,Dallas,Dangie and families, We are so sorry to hear of Dan’s passing and have all of you in our thoughts and prayers. We have been remembering years ago when we were neighbors and our yearly visits at the Fair. We know how much he will be missed by all of you and by the friends he has made over the years. May all the memories you hold in your hearts help ease your sorrow and may he Rest In Peace. Mark and Becky Schmid”
- Mark and Becky Schmid
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:19 AM
“ Dan was one of the first people I met when I moved to Spencer back in 6th. grade. He welcomed me and always treated me with kindness & respect, throughout the years since then. He will be missed. ”
- Jim Schmidtjims
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“Dad and family so sorry to hear of Dan's passing.So many good memories when the guys use to shell corn The guys can talk over shelling and many other things again. Prayers and Hugs.”
- Betty Walton
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:09 AM
“Deb/Danje/Dallas and all your families: Our sympathies to your families on the passing of Dan. Its been a long struggle and what strength you all showed the last few years. This moment hurts, but we will all remember the good times and laughs. Dan and I sneezed together with hay fever, but we all loved the farm. There are brighter pastures ahead. God bless! We are with you. ”
- Leo/Jane/Mark/Katie and families Milleman
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8:55 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers go out for y’all. Praying God to grant you His Peace that surpasses all our understanding. God Bless each one of you.
Denny and Linda Somers”
- Dennis Somers
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Deb Dallas and family,
So sorry for you loss. You are all in out thoughts and prayers at this time difficult time.”
- Rhonda & Steve ( Goobo ) Essick
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“Deb and family,
We are so very sorry to hear of your loss, we have had so really great times with Dan and the whole family. We are so happy to have been included in the fun visits to the north land. You are in our prayers and in our thoughts! ”
- The Huss families of Minnesota
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:31 AM
“Deb, Dangie, and Dallas... your whole family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Brandi Miller
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:31 AM
“Deb, Dallas and Dangie,

I’m so sorry for the loss of Dan. My memories of him are from Langdon’s Haunted House. He was part of a small community that would instantly become extended family once you came to know them. He will surely be missed! May God wrap his comforting arms around you all during this difficult time.”
- Korrie Spears Anderson
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:31 AM
“Deb and family, we are so sorry for your loss, our prayers are with you at this sad time.”
- Gary and Katie Weiskircher
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:31 AM
“Cindy, to you and your family, so very sorry for your loss - Hugs.
Godspeed for your Heavenly Journey Dan, Rest in Christ's Peace”
- Mary Juza
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:31 AM
“Dear Dangie, am truly sorry for the loss of your father. May he rest is God’s memory. Sending all my love and hugs, you forever have and treasure your living father’s legacy. It very much reflects on the wonderful person you are, he lived through you! Please know you are loved and my prayers are with you and your family in these times of sorrow! ”
- Karina McHugh
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:30 AM
“So sorry for you loss praying for peace. Dan was always a true friend:) Dave&Janel Maurer.”
- David and Janel Maurer
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:30 AM
“We are so sorry to hear about Dan's passing. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Missy & Matt Lair
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 5:30 AM
“Deb, Dallas, Dangie & Families - We are blessed to know Dan. His jovial smile. His intensity. His work ethic. His love for life. His passion for farming. His pride in family. He will always be in our hearts. He will live on, in all of us. Today. Tomorrow. Always. Peaceful hearts & Joyful memories. Thank you for everything.”
- Steve, Melissa, Alyson & Brayton Duin
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM
“Deb and family, I am so sorry for this loss. Dan was a very neat guy...he will be missed by many. I am here for you whenever you need me. Thoughts an prayers are with you always. ”
- Shaun Olson
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM
“Dear Deb and Family:
So sorry to hear of Dan's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lori McEntee Clark”
- Lori McEntee Clark
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM
“Deb, so very sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Please accept our sincere condolence's. Jim & Jan Rusk”
- Jan Rusk
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM
“Deb and family; I am sorry that you have lost your Dan. Sending our love, hugs, and prayers for a comforting feeling to come over all of you, knowing that Dan no longer is in any pain. God bless you all. ❤️🙏🏻”
- Nira and Bob Rusk
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:22 PM
“Deb and family we are sorry for your loss. I know that Cindy was a classmate of Dan, but I got to know from bowling on Monday nights. When we bowl against the Sarg's I always had a lot a fun. I always seem to bowl against Dan he made me laugh plus seeing him golfing with the same guys was great. He'll be missed greatly. God Bless you and your family. ”
- Greg Foote & Cindy Evans
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM
“Our sympathies Deb and family.”
- Jim and Ann Warburton
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM
“Max and Murphy, I am so sorry to hear about your grandpa. I think he was a great person from top to bottom. I would bet, because I did not know your grandpa, that he was a gentle, happy guy, who loved a great story, a good laugh, and his family and friends. Family is a circle of strength and love, together forever. You two boys take care, give your parents and grandma an extra hug. I miss seeing you two.”
- Michele Lauck
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM
“Deb we are so sorry to hear about Dan's passing God bless you and your family at this difficult time ”
- Bob and Colleen Dillard
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM
“Deb we are so sorry for your loss. You and all of your family will be in our prayers. ”
- MaryCarol and Kevin Schallau
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM
“My condolences to all family and friends. ”
- Mary Jo Lockey-Hayes
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 9:21 PM
“Deb God bless you and your family at this difficult time of Dan's passing ”
- Bob and Colleen Dillard
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“Deb, Sorry to hear of the passing of Dan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless all of you! Karla Blum”
- Karla (Clarke) Blum
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“OUR SYMPATHY TO YOU DEB AND YOUR FAMILY. WE KNOW DAN WILL BE GREATLY MISSED BY ALL.”
- CONNIE & BILL WYMER
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:39 PM
“Dear Deb,
Words fail to express our sorrow for your loss. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
Ken and Lynn (Illinois) ”
- Lynn and Ken Weis
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:38 PM
“Deb and family,
Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.”
- Jo and Leon Stoermer
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 4:38 PM
“So very sorry Deb and family. He was so very kind to our mother and father. God had gained a very special angel! ”
- kerrie kramme
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 2:01 PM
“Deb and family I am so sorry for your loss way too young such a wonderful person always had a smile on his face! I’m so sorry for your loss you two have been together for so long —God has got another angel”
- SHIRLEY DYKSHOORN
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:50 PM
“My deepest sympathies to you and your family.”
- Toni Corcoran
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:50 PM
“Deb and family. So sorry to see that Dan had passed. Our prayers are with all of you as you celebrate his life and mourn for the loss of such a kind special man . God bless you and remember Psalm 34:18 the Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”
- Valerie k Paulsen
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:50 PM
“So very sorry to hear of Dan's passing! Sending up prayers for peace.”
- Renee Juza
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 1:49 PM
“Deb and Family -
Sorry to hear of Dan's passing - I know he put up a good fight. Dan always had a good story or joke and a great smile on his face. May you and your family find comfort and in knowing others pray and care for you. Dan will certainly be missed by many!”
- Gina (Johnson) Ean
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