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Creston News Advertiser
Creston, Union County, Iowa
January 14, 2006

NOTICE of DEATH - MERRITT C. DENNEY

Merritt C. DENNEY, 87, of Mount Ayr died January 12, 2006, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at Redding United Methodist Church.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2010

Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, January 9, 2006

OBITUARY - MERRITT CLYDE DENNEY

Merritt Clyde DENNEY was born May 23, 1918, near Redding, Iowa. He was the oldest son born to Rowe T.and Ines L. (NORRIS) DENNEY. He left us on January 12, 2006, at Clearview Home in Mount Ayr to go live with God.

Merritt received his education in te country schools of Clipper and Chestnut Ridge near Redding. He was a life-long member of the Middle Fork and Redding United Methodist Churches.

On June 3, 1939, he was united in marriage with Dorothy MORRISON. They were married on a dirt road east of Blockton with pretty plum trees as a background. They were privileged to have 66 years and six months together. Five children were born to this union, Larry Morene, Diane, Verlene and Retta.

Merritt was a life-long farmer. he enjoyed working the soil and this gave him a sense of kinship with God. He spent 54 years on a farm southeast of Redding. He raised turkeys as well as registered Black Anugs cattle for over 40 years. He was a member of the Ringgold County Archeologist Club and had a skill for finding fossils. Every Sunday afternoon he would take his family to hunt for Indian artifacts and fossils. This continued with some of the grandchildren and it was a favorite pastime for all.

Merritt also took time to go to local schools to get asked about his artifacts and fossils. He would make marbles and jewelry from some of the rocks he found. He was a trader of knives, watches and guns. he entertained his grandchildren sitting on his lap with his pocket watch in his rocking chair in front of the fireplace. merritt was a quiet man who could sit for hours outside and listen to everything going on around him.

Merritt is survived by his wife Dorothy DENNEY of Mount Ayr, Iowa; son, Larry (Janis) DENNEY of Mount Ayr, Iowa; daughters, Morene (Gary) WAUGH of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Diane KLOMMHAUS of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Verlene (Marvin) CANNON of Ankeny, Iowa, and Rett (John) BAKER of Creston, Iowa; grandchildren, Nicole (Sean) STALTER, Karen (Fred) MERRITT, Keven (Tracy) WAUGH, Kathy (Carl) STOTTLEMYER, Bill (Heather) WAUGH, Jackie (Marty) SCHONOOR, Tammy (Doug) MARTIN, Chellie CRAVEN, Andy (Mindy) KNAPP, Lucke BAKER and Laura BAKER; four step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; brother Nelson (Irlene) DENNEY of Mesa, Arizona, and niece Sue (Jim) BIGGS of Ellensburg, Washington.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Michael GOODALE.

Merritt will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Services were conducted at the United Methodist Church in Redding, Iowa, on Monday, January 16, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Susan THOMAS officiating. Musicians were Debbie CANNON, Mary DAVENPORT, and Margaret BICKERS. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Casket bearers were Kevin WAUGH, Bill WAUGH, Luke BAKER, Andy KNAPP, Justin HODGE, Cody CRAVEN, Marty SCHNOOR, and Douglas MARTIN. Honorary pallbearers were Gary WAUH, Marvin CANNON, John BAKER, Sean STALTER, Carl STOTTLEMYER and Fred MERRITT.

Merrit was laid at rest in the Redding Cemetery at Redding, Iowa.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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