ESTHERVILLE - Mass of Christian Burial for Clem Mergen, 86, of Estherville will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Estherville with Monsignor Michael Sernett as Celebrant. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.
He died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Society in Estherville.
Clem H. Mergen, the son of Michael and Esther (Higley) Mergen, was born Dec. 2, 1927 in Whittemore.
He graduated from Presentation Academy in Whittemore and then continued his education at Estherville Junior College and Iowa State University. Clem served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict. Clem loved baseball and played on many teams in his youth, including the United States Army team and the Estherville Red Sox. He was also a lifelong New York Yankee baseball fan and Iowa Hawkeye fan.
On May 1, 1950 Clem was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Quinn at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Whittemore. Clem was manager of the Ringsted, West Bend and Estherville Creameries and then worked at John Morrell until he retired. For hobbies, Clem enjoyed gardening, golfing and cooking.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Kiwanis Club.
Left to cherish Clem's memory are his wife, Dorothy, of Estherville; his children, Mark and his wife, JoAnne, of Leawood, Kan.; Jim and his wife, Belinda, of Frisco, Texas; Phil and his wife, Anna, of Omaha, Neb.; Nick and his wife, Cindy, of Monument, Colo.; Chris and his wife, Rhoda, of Coppell, Texas; Mary Klug and her husband, Wayne, of Danville, Ind.; Beth Brown and her husband, Darrin, of Estherville; Tony and his wife, Cathy, of Urbandale; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Kenneth and Patrick.
He has been preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Respite Angels or charity of your choice.