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Merrill Duane Schoer

January 30, 1934 - July 21, 2020
From: Spencer, IA
Merrill Duane Schoer

Merrill Duane Schoer

Born: January 30, 1934
Died: July 21, 2020
Age: 86

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     Merrill “Ossie” Duane Schoer, the son of Harry and Esther (Santage) Schoer was born January 30, 1934, in Peterson, Iowa. His childhood years were spent in the Rossie and Royal, Iowa, area where he attended school and graduated from Royal High School in 1952. Merrill enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1953 and served until his Honorable Discharge in 1957.
     Merrill married Shirley Boyle on April 8, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. They lived in Des Moines, Iowa, where he worked at an auto body shop. They moved to Spencer, Iowa, in 1967 and started his own auto body shop and continued to grow it.
     Merrill enjoyed working on cars, horses, John Deere tractors, model trains, 4th of July reunions, practicing guitar, listening to talk radio, and staying busy. He was always proud of his service in the Air Force and building his own house. He was a member of Hope Reformed Church in Spencer, Iowa, and Susquehanna Baptist Church in Independence, Missouri.
     Merrill passed away in Independence, Missouri on July 21, 2020, at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley; and daughter, Tami Pullen.
     Left to cherish his memory are his three daughters: Valerie (Dan) Utley of Blue Springs, MO, Sidra (Dave) Root of Webster City, IA, and Jayne (John) Smith of Independence, MO; son-in-law, Bill Pullen of Spencer, IA; eight grandchildren: Jeremy, Amber, Jeni, Jolynn, Abi, Laura, Austyn, and Lucca; 11 great-grandchildren: Kira, Noah, Haedden, Stacia, Thomas, Ashlynn, Phoenix, Landon, Carson, Quinn, and Wess; one sister, Marcia (Roger) Stephas of Ruthven, IA; two brothers-in-law, Leo Stephas and Keith (Linda) Stephas; nieces, nephews, other relatives; and many friends.

     You will be missed, T V S J

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Funeral services will take place 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 25, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Rod Stephas
Austyn Smith
Lucca Smith
Justin Block
Chris Ingledue
Allen Souder
Visitation will take place Friday, July 24, starting at 5:30 P.M., with family present from 5:30-7:30 P.M. at Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Gentle On My Mind"
"In The Garden"
"Green Acres Theme"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 11:36 AM
“Merrill could tell such funny stories and laugh so hard that it was impossible not to laugh right along with him. I always enjoyed coffee breaks at McDonalds with the Cheap Club. Members included Merrill, my dad, Carl and Burdett. Merrill kept the laughs going. ”
- Craig Reuter
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“I just watched Ossie's funeral. It was so impressive, wonderful message and the songs were so Ossie. He loved talking memories of growing up years. What a good guy. He will be missed.”
- June Santage Johnson
Sunday, July 26, 2020 at 12:11 PM
“So sorry to read of Merrill’s passing I hadn’t seen him for a while. We. Used to see him at Flagfest we rode the school bus together until he graduated,I was a couple years behind Ausi He will be missed.”
- Robert (Bob) Johnson
Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 9:39 AM
“Our sympathy to Merrill's family. We were neighbors for years and Merrill always had a smile on his face. RIP.”
- Duane & Joan Kallsen
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 8:54 PM
“I have many fond memories from my teenage years spending time in your home. My deepest sympathies to each of you! May you find comfort in your memories and from one another or your closest friends!”
- Lori Grote
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 6:30 PM
“Merrill was a very unique and principeled friend! We had many deep conversations and I enjoyed them all! He will be missed and our sympathy goes out to the family.”
- Tony Van Helden
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 5:02 PM
“Merrill attended many of our dances (Jessie James & The Outlaws) around the lakes area and was there to enjoy the music and dancing. I had some nice visits with him before and after the dances which were like a big family get together. We'll all miss seeing him on the dance floor and the fellowship we had with him.”
- STEVE SAMUELSON, SR. - (Rock Star)
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 11:36 AM
“Merrill was a very nice man and friend to my Dad and I. He was an excellent body man. Fixed a lot of our vehicles through the years, always good work at a fair price, R.I.P. sir.”
- tracy nielsen
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:20 AM
“As far back as I can remember my Dad and I would visit my cousin Ossie at his bodyshop. A few years ago he came to visit us in Texas, and we went to the Pate swap meet. He thoroughly enjoyed the day! My condolences to the family in their time of sorrow!”
- Jay Santage
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“Merrill gave me my first job out of body shop school and we have been friends ever since I helped him buy his first 55”
- Rod Sheldon
Friday, July 24, 2020 at 7:55 AM
“Dear Family, Merrill was a very nice, kind man and we have fond memories of family get-togethers. We extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy. With love to all and sincere sympathy. Sharon & Milo”
- Milo & Sharon Allen
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