OBITUARY - MERLE DUANE TRIGGS
Merle Duane TRIGGS was born January 14, 1918, in a farm home in Middle Fork township, Ringgold county, Iowa, to Henry
Martin and Mary Julia (BLACK) TRIGGS. He lived his entire life in Ringgold county where he was a farmer, and departed
this life December 30, 2000, at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 16 days.
At the age of 15, Duane accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized in the Ewing Ford River in Missouri. He
was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mount Ayr, Iowa, where he served as Sunday school teacher, a deacon and an
He graduated from eighth grade at a little one-room country schoolhouse at Walnut Valley. He attended high school at Mount
Ayr graduating in 1936. He served his country from January 1942 to August 1945, three years and eight months. He took his
basic training for 13 weeks in Camp Roberts, California. Then Duane went overseas to serve in the Southwest Pacific
Conflict. His ship landed in Australia. He was in the 2nd Battalion, 126 Infantry and the 32nd Red Arrow Division. He
was a corporal on a 37-millimeter tank gun and a rifleman. After he was trained to use these large guns, he was sent to
New Guinea where he walked over the Owen Stanley Mountain, taking 42 days to push the Japanese out of Boona. Many of his
comrades lost their lives.
On July 6, 1949, Duane married Iona Marie BAKER. They made their home on the family farm. He raised registered Hereford
cattle that he showed at the different fairs. He was a diversified farmer and was a good steward of the land. To this
union were born five children: Marilyn, Mark, Melonie, Merle and Max.
Duane was a leader of the Liberty Boys 4-H Club for 33 years. He helped the boys and girls to be well-rounded citizens.
He was a school director of Flowery Glen school, was president of Ringgold County Farm Bureau, was a Farm Bureau township
director and was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife Iona Triggs; two daughters, Marilyn BIERMA of Peoria, Illinois, and Melonie KNAPP of Shawnee,
Kansas; two sons, Mark TRIGGS and Merle TRIGGS, both of Mount Ayr; two daughters-in-law, Lynda TRIGGS and Rhonda TRIGGS;
two sons-in-law, Paul BIERMA and Tyler KNAPP; 13 grandchildren, Scott, Jonathan and Andrew BIERMA, Adam, Amy, Shane and
Sheldon TRIGGS, Alissa, Trisha and Timothy KNAPP, Lucan, Lyndon and Lindsey TRIGGS, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a
host of friends.
Services were held Wednesday, January 3, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Mount Ayr with Reverends Diana HOLLAND and
John BRILLO officiating. Musicians were Nancy SACKETT, Dwight INGRAM, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS, with musical
selections, "I Bowed on My Knee and Cried," "Holy" and "Serenaded by Angels."
Casket bearers were Jonathan BIERMA, Lucan TRIGGS, Andrew BIERMA, Scott BIERMA, Lyndon TRIGGS and Adam TRIGGS. Honorary
pallbearers were Amy TRIGGS, Sheldon TRIGGS, Trisha KNAPP, Timothy KNAPP, Alissa KNAPP, Shane TRIGGS and Lindsey TRIGGS.
Military graveside rites were given by Ringgold Post #172 American Legion.
Duane was laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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