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Bernard E. Mertes

February 12, 1924 November 27, 2017
Bernard E. Mertes
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Bernard E. Mertes, 93, passed away November 27, 2017 in Greenfield Iowa. Bernard, the son of Bernard J and Bessie Mae Mertes was born February 12, 1924 in rural Adair. He attended Adair schools and lived on the farm with his 5 sisters and parents until he joined the military. Bernard was a proud United States Marine and served as a Private 1st Class in World War II on the USS Enterprise.

He and Ruby Anderson were married June 17, 1950 at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines. They lived for a time in Adair, Waukee and Stuart. Bernard was a skilled carpenter who worked for Weitz Construction Company. Upon his retirement in 1986, he continued wood-working and creating beautiful furniture pieces for family and friends.

He was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, American Legion-Stuart, Veterans of Foreign Wars-Adair, 5 by 80 Country Club and the Carpenters Union #106.

He is survived by his son, Barry (Linda) Mertes of Des Moines, his sister Marie Flaherty of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, 6 grandchildren-Brian (Jenny) Mertes, Charles (Tally) Mertes, Jason (Tracy) Mertes, Amy (Keith) Tilton, Kyle Mertes and John (Ashley) Mertes, 9 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Bernard was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby and his sisters Vera, Mildred, Lu and Leona.

A visitation will be held Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 5:00-7:00pm at Johnson Family Funeral Home in Stuart. Services will be Friday, December 1, 2017 at All Saints Catholic Church in Stuart Internment will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Adair. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stuart Rescue Unit.

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Visitation

Thursday

30

Nov

5:00 PM 11/30/2017 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/30/2017 7:00:00 PM
Johnson Family Funeral Home - Stuart

123 North Second Street
Stuart, IA 50250

Rosary service to begin at 6:30 P.M.

Johnson Family Funeral Home - Stuart
123 North Second Street Stuart 50250 IA
United States

Service

Friday

1

Dec

10:00 AM 12/1/2017 10:00:00 AM
All Saints Catholic Church

All Saints Drive
Stuart, IA 50250

Lunch will follow the burial in the Church Hall.

All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Drive Stuart 50250 IA
United States
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