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Kermit Elam


Kermit I. Elam, 74, of Marion, passed away at the Hospice House of Mercy on Oct. 20, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Private family burial will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. The family
will greet friends from
12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.
Kermit is survived by his children, Scott (Stacey) Elam of Marion, Mary Hand of Alburnett and Brian (Teresa) Elam of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Lindsey (Paul) Sabelka, Breanna Elam, Mikayla Hand and Tyler Hand; mother, Ruby Elam Petrusch of Cedar Rapids; faithful cat, Kasey; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Marilyn "Kay"; his father, Kermit E. Elam; stepfather, Albert "Pete" Petrusch; and brother, Kenneth Elam.
Kermit was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Rochelle, Ill., the son of Kermit and Ruby (Tolley) Elam. He graduated from Linn-Mar High School in 1961. Kermit was united in marriage to Kay White on Feb. 4, 1967, in What Cheer, Iowa. She passed away Aug. 27, 2017. Kermit was owner and operator of Bowman Woods Service and also was employed at Genencor in Cedar Rapids, retiring in 2006. He was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Mercy in Kermit's memory.
The family would like to thank caregivers Jenn and Tricia for their loving assistance and the excellent care provided by Hospice of Mercy.
Please share a memory of Kermit at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.