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Obituary for Bernard E. Mertes
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.