Merlin E. Meyer, 90, of New Vienna, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 11:45 p.m. at Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville.

Friends and relatives of Merlin may call from 3-8 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a wake service will be held at 2:30 p.m. and a family rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Services for Merlin will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna, with the Rev. Dennis Conway officiating. Eucharistic Ministers will be Ronald and Kathy Boeckenstedt. Lectors will be Cara Burkum, Stephanie Graf and Crystal Evans. Placing of the pall will be done by Kathleen Meyer, Jean Ward, Joan Miller, Daniel Meyer, Marion Kloser, Julie Hunter, Bill Meyer and Kathy Proctor. Giftbearers will be Morgan Kloser, Faye Meyer and Meredith Meyer. Burial will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in New Vienna.

Casketbearers for Merlin will be his grandchildren, Eric Kloser, Jonathon Proctor, Thomas Proctor, Olivia Meyer, Sadie Meyer, Andrew Birt, Allen Birt and Daniel Hunter.

Merlin was born March 3, 1929 in rural New Vienna, son of Leo and Alvina (Bries) Meyer. He is a 1948 graduate of St. Boniface School in New Vienna. On Oct. 13, 1956 he was united in marriage to Kathleen G. Welling at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Luxemburg. He was employed at the John Deere Dubuque Works as a machinery repairman until his retirement in 1987.

Merlin was a loving, selfless and faith-filled man. He loved his time enjoying the outdoors either gardening or just sitting soaking up the warmth of the sun. He had a terrific sense of humor that he shared often. He loved spending time with his family, children and grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Boniface Parish in New Vienna, a member of the bowler’s league and the Teamsters Union.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Meyer, of New Vienna; seven children, Jean (Jim) Ward, of Kempner, TX, Joan (Todd) Miller, of Luther, Okla., Daniel Meyer, of Decatur, Marion (Rick) Kloser, of Dyersville, Julie (Paul) Hunter, of Hopkinton, Bill (Mary Kay) Meyer, of Dubuque, and Kathy (Doug) Proctor, of Dyersville; 19 grandchildren, Crystal (Bobby) Evans, Jimmy (Fallon) Ward, Stephanie (Alex) Graf, Moriah (Trevor) Winfrey, Jourdan and Ariel Miller, Cara (Nate) Burkum, Eric (Vanessa) Kloser, Morgan Kloser, Andrew Birt (& friend, Dani), Allen (Korri) Birt, Daniel Hunter, Olivia, Sadie, Meredith and Faye Meyer, Paul (Krystan) Proctor, Jonathan and Thomas Proctor; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Heinrichs, of Dyersville; brother and sister-in-law, Walter (Judy) Welling, of New Vienna and Maribel Welling, of Beetown, Wis.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin (Dorothy) Meyer and Leo (Ginger) Meyer; a sister, Darlene (Frank) O’Connor; his father and mother-in-law, Hugo and Mathilda Welling; a sister-in-law, Ilo Malik and a brother-in-law, Alois Welling.

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The family of Merlin would like to thank the staff of Oak Crest Manor in Dyersville and the staff of Hospice of Dubuque for all the wonderful care given to Merlin.