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“Just got around to the mail. So sorry to see Jim's passing. We enjoyed our time together. Wilbur passed on April 14, service is Monday the 20th. ...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Sally Russell - Earlham, IA

“Joyce, I was saddened to hear about the loss of your father. Through the years, I have heard you share stories about his life and it was clear you...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Sater - Shoreview, MN

“Our sincere sympathy to Laverne and family. We have fond memories of Jim playing Pingo and shuffleboard. He loved his long walks around Monte Vista...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Dave & Rosie Tisl - Stuart, IA

“Aunt LaVerne, Donna, Cindy, Joyce and Rick, I remember really FUN Sunday visits between our two homes while we were growing up. Will never forget...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Herold Helling - Fort Worth, TX

“Cindy, family and greater family, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. With sympathy, Carol Healy ”
5 of 12 | Posted by: Carol Healy - West Des Moines, IA

“Our deepest sympathy to you Laverne and your whole family. We have missed both you and Jim the last few years at Monte Vista. He was such a quiet...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Mac & Ann McBurney - Woonsocket, RI

“My deepest sympathies ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Gregory Rhyner - Fort Wayne, IN

“We are sorry for your loss, Julie and Joe Price. I worked with Jim's daughter Joyce for several years, and heard many stories of the memories he has...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Julie and Joe Price - Ankeny, IA

“Fewer and fewer anymore travel to Christ being known by those left behind as a truly good man. Jim was a truly good man. It was a long time back...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Chris Ludlow - Norwalk, IA

“We would like to send our sorrow on Jim's passing and remember his walks to and from everywhere here in Monte Vista. We had a great street to live on...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Glenn and Emily Bolman - AZ

“I remember having our "Brownie" meetings in the basement of his house in St. Paul. ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Rose (Stukerjurgen) Reitz - IA

“I will miss you. ”
12 of 12 | Posted by: Christine Merschman - Fort Wayne, IN


James H. "Jim" Merschman, 80, of West Point, Iowa, passed away at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the West Point Care Center in West Point, Iowa.

He was born March 11, 1935 in St. Paul, Iowa, to A.C. and Agnes (Klesner) Merschman. On August 29, 1959, he married Laverne Moeller at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Houghton, Iowa.
 
Survivors include his wife Laverne of West Point, Iowa, four children, Donna (Ken) Pieper of Donnellson, Iowa, Cindy (Gary) Seymour of Urbandale, Iowa, Rick (Chris) Merschman of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and Joyce (Dave) Ludlow of Norwalk, Iowa, eight grandchildren: Renee, Brent and Scott Pieper; Nicholas, Michael and Maria Seymour; Kaitlyn and Kasey Ludlow, one brother Marvin (Betty) Merschman of St. Paul, Iowa, four sisters Bernice Pomberg of West Point, Iowa, LaVerne Cox of St. Paul, Iowa, Helen Moeller of West Point, Iowa and JoAnn (Ron) Herold of Bella Vista, Arkansas, one sister-in-law, Ina Merschman of Altoona, Iowa, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Agnes and A.C. Merschman, and his brother Carl.
 
Jim was a 1953 graduate of St. James High School in St. Paul, Iowa, and served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959, primarily in Germany. He was the proud owner of Merschman Furniture in St. Paul, Iowa, and very active in the community over the years. He played an active role in the original formation of Marquette Catholic Schools and served for a period of time as the President of the Marquette School Board.  He served on the St. Paul City Council, the St. Paul Fire Department, and was very active in the St.  James Catholic Church when he and Laverne lived in St. Paul. After their retirement from Merschman Furniture, he and Laverne moved to West Point to enjoy their retirement years.
 
Jim was a very loyal Chicago Cubs fan and an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan.  He enjoyed golf and wintering in Arizona, and in his later years his daily morning coffee trips to the J&M Korner Shop was sure to put a smile on his face. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and had a special place in his heart for his eight grandchildren. He will be remembered for his gentle, caring demeanor and having a soft heart for all those around him.
 
Friends may call after 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point. The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 6:30 that evening at the funeral home. A Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. and a Christian wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
 
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman officiating.
 
Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point with a flag presentation by the Holtz-Geers American Legion Post #668 of West Point. Memorials may be made in his memory to the Lee County Hospice or Holy Trinity Catholic Schools.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.schmitzlynkfuneralhome.com .
The Schmitz-Lynk Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with the arrangements.